The Field Narrows Following Day 2
The Final Day of Qualifying Play Is Tomorrow July 16 at the HTRC
The qualifying round of 32 ended today following the Lebedev 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 victory over Blumenburg at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. Sixteen players advance to tomorrow’s qualifying finals where they have a chance to be one of eight players to enter the singles main draw.
The Old Capitol Futures is a USTA Pro Circuit event and part of a summer long tour which will feature thousands of players from across the globe. Players competing here in Iowa City next week will rank up to 300 in the world, all vying for $25,000 in total prize money. This professional tennis event will be the first of its kind held in Iowa since 1986.
Former Hawkeyes Josh Silverstein (pictured) and Tyler Cleveland were eliminated this afternoon and will not move on to the final round of Qualifying. Silverstein was defeated 6-0, 6-1 by Alafia Ayeni of Cornell University. Ayeni is an up and coming player with a world singles ranking on 1296. Cleveland lost 6-2, 6-2 to Carl Soderlund of Sweden and will miss the rest of play.
Following qualifying play, the singles main draw will start July 17 including all eight players who finish out the round of 16 tomorrow. Additionally, wildcards have been awarded to Will Davies, Joe Tyler, Piotr Smietana, and Kareem Allaf for the singles main draw.
Hawkeyes Jason Kerst and Josh Silverstein will be granted a second chance by playing in the doubles draw with other Hawkeyes Davies, Tyler, Smietana, and Allaf. Tyler Cleveland will not participate in doubles play.
The singles main draw will be finalized following play tomorrow July 16. For more information, visit oldcapitolfutures.com or itftennis.com/procircuit.