The organizers of the Old Capitol Tennis Championships released the complete entry list on June 27, 2019 for the 2nd edition of the tournament. Another strong field of players is set to travel from around the world to the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex for the tournament that is set to take place July 15-21, 2019.
Leading the field is Great Britain’s Liam Broady who is currently ranked 287 in the ATP singles world rankings. He currently holds an ATP doubles ranking of 217, has earned seven career ITF singles titles, and 13 ITF doubles titles. Among his career highlights are a main draw round one singles victory at Wimbledon in 2015 and a main draw doubles round one victory at Wimbledon in 2018.
The Old Capitol Tennis Championships will see players from around the globe with 20 countries represented on the initial acceptance list. Iowa City will welcome players from the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Germany, Austria, France, Zimbabwe, Italy, Tunisia, Greece, Turkey, Japan, Ecuador, Monaco, Argentina, Venezuela, Switzerland, Ukraine, Bolivia and Lebanon. The tournament features $25,000 in total prize money which is distributed to singles and doubles players in the main draw based on results.
The tournament will not only host professional players but former and current college players from universities across the country. One program that will be prominently represented is the University of Iowa. Kareem Allaf, Oliver Okonkwo, Jason Kerst, Nikita Snezhko and Will Davies are current Hawkeye Men’s Tennis athletes who are featured on the 2019 Old Capitol Tennis Championships entry list. Allaf, who is entering his senior year, was awarded a main draw wildcard in 2018 and reached the quarterfinals, having beaten the No. 8 seed in his 2nd round match.
“The Old Capitol Tennis Championships’ initial entry list is very strong” says Tournament Director, Alex Voss. “To have a player in Liam Broady ranked inside the top 300 and have won matches at Wimbledon, shows how competitive professional tennis is. Also, current elite college tennis players will be well represented as they hope to earn points to jump start their professional careers. Hawkeye players will have a great chance to defeat players on their home courts who play for top-10 college programs such as the Ohio State Buckeyes, Florida Gators, and Virginia Cavaliers.”