Qualifying Ends with Tense Competition
The Old Capitol Futures Concludes Qualifying. Singles Main Draw Starts Tuesday July 17
IOWA CITY, July 16, 2018 – The final day of qualifying play has concluded at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex with eight remaining victors ready to compete in the singles main draw. The singles main draw will feature the final eight victors of qualifying, 20 direct acceptances, and four wildcards.
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.
Cedar Rapids native Alex Brown (pictured) won his final qualifying match today with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 victory over Brian Shi. Brown will be a sophomore next fall at Illinois and his family currently resides in Waukee, Iowa.
Minnesota Gopher teammates Felix Corwin and Matic Spec battled each other for nearly four hours earlier this morning ending their match 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 in Corwin’s favor. Roommates for four years and Minnesota’s No. 1 and 2 players, the pair played down to the wire for their last shot at main draw.
When asked after the match, Corwin commented “It’s like playing a brother. You don’t want to have to play him but when the draw goes that way we have to. Props to him for being such a great sport because that’s about as emotional of a match as it could get.” After a late withdrawal from the main draw, Spec has a small chance of being raffled in and participating on Tuesday.
Hawkeye players Kareem Allaf, Will Davies, and Joe Tyler will play the first round of the singles main draw tomorrow morning. In addition to Allaf, Davies, and Taylor, Hawkeyes Josh Silverstein, Jason Kerst, and Piotr Smietana will play in the doubles main draw starting tomorrow afternoon.