Play at the 2019 Old Capitol Tennis Championships will begin with qualifying singles on Monday, July 15. As many as thirty-two players will compete for one of eight places in the tournament’s main draw. Matches at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreational Center (HTRC) begin at 10:00am.
Five competitors from last year’s inaugural tournament are scheduled to compete in qualifying. Alexander Cozbinov, who played collegiately at UNLV, is coming off an impressive doubles title in Wichita with Brandon Holt. Aron Hiltzik, a graduate of the University of Illinois, is gearing up for a string of summer events having most recently competed in Champaign at their World Tennis Tour M15.
Other returning players include Alexander Lebedev, Alfredo Perez, and Alexandre Rotsaert. Lebedev, who made it to the semifinals in singles matches in Cancun, is in position to be a seeded player in qualifying. Perez, who played collegiately at the University of Florida, is continuing his post-collegiate career for his first tournament of the year. Rotsaert, who will be a sophomore at Stanford, has seen recent success in reaching the round of 16 in the World Tennis Tour M15 in Rochester, NY.
The Old Capitol Tennis Championships will also welcome a pair of exciting newcomers who will compete in qualifying. Zeke Clark has had an outstanding summer. He made it to the final round of the World Tennis Tour M15 tournament in Norman, OK. In the final, Clark competed against Britain’s Mark Whitehouse. Zeke plays collegiately at the University of Illinois and was recognized as a First-Team Ball-Big Ten selection for the 2019 season.
Another spectacular player competing in qualifying is Gianni Ross who just completed his sophomore season at the University of Virginia. Ross earned a team best 21 singles victories for the Cavaliers. In addition, he clinched victories in the first and second round of NCAA men’s tennis team championship.