Day 4 at the Old Capitol Tennis Championships was filled with upsets. The first seeded player to fall was Columbian Alejandro Gonzales. The No. 2 seed fell in straight sets to Errol Smith (pictured). After play was moved inside due to extreme heat, Hady Habib took out the No. 1 seed, Sekou Bangoura, 6-4, 7-6. In the final singles match of the day, qualifier Preston Touliatos earned a three-set victory over No. 7 seed Ricardo Rodriquez.
In other singles action, five seeded players advanced. Aziz Dougaz and John McNally earned hard fought three-set victories, while Alex Rybakov, Evan Zhu, and Axel Geller won in straight sets. Of Friday’s quarterfinal singles matches, only one will feature two seeded players: No. 8 Evan Zhu versus No. 4 John McNally.
In doubles play, the Hawkeye duo of Will Davies and Oliver Okonkwo fell short, losing 6-4, 6-4 to the British duo of Mark Whitehouse and Jack Findel-Hawkins. The loss knocked the last remaining Hawkeyes out of the championship.
The surprise doubles result of the day saw Sekou Bangoura and Alex Rybakov defeat the No. 3 seeded team of Ian Dempster and Korey Lovett. The No. 1 seeded team of Glasspool and Gonzales won a hotly contested match decided by a third set match tiebreak. This was also true with No. 4 seeds Alfredo Perez and Evan Zhu who came from behind to win the final two sets and move on to the semifinals.