ELM GROVE, Wisconsin, August 7, 2008 – Top seed Raven Klaasen, of South Africa, and No. 2 seed Yuichi Ito, of Japan, fell in the second round at the Time Warner Cable “Road Runner Pro Tennis Classic,” held at the Western Racquet Club from August 4-10. All second round singles matches and quarterfinal doubles matches were completed during Thursday’s play.
Klaasen lost the last eight games of the match as he fell to Hyung-Kwon Kim, of Korea, 6-4, 6-0. American Kaes Van’t Hof recorded one of the biggest wins of his career in upsetting Ito, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.
No. 4 seed Tigran Martirosyan, of Armenia, continued his strong play on the USTA Pro Circuit this summer by defeating American qualifier Matthew Allare, 6-3, 6-4. In a match lasting well over three hours, No. 6 seed Ryan Young, of the United States, defeated American qualifier Nicolas Meister 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3. No. 7 seed Adam Thompson, of New Zealand, rallied from a break down in the final set to defeat American qualifier John Hoyes, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3. Sheeva Parbhu was the third and final American to advance into the quarterfinals, defeating fellow American Connor Pollock, 7-5, 2-6, 6-1.
In doubles, former top 10 doubles player Jeff Tarango advanced into the semifinals with fellow American Edward Kelly. The pair fought off three set points in the opening set as they defeated the American team of Matthew Allare and Justin Kronauge, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 10-3. Milwaukee native Jim Slonac narrowly lost his quarterfinal doubles match with American Brian Compton, failing to convert two match points in losing to the top seeded team of Dane Fernandez, of Australia, and Adam Thompson, of New Zealand, 6-4, 2-6, 13-11.
The singles quarterfinals and doubles semifinals will take place during Friday’s play. The feature afternoon match will take place at 3:00 p.m. and features Edward Kelly and Jeff Tarango, of the United States, taking on the top seeded team of Dane Fernandez, of Australia, and Adam Thompson, of New Zealand.
The Time Warner Cable “Road Runner Pro Tennis Classic,” now in its second consecutive year, is part of the summer hard court swing on the USTA Pro Circuit that leads to the US Open. The tournament will feature 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. Players ranked as high as No. 200 in the world typically compete in futures-level events.
Tickets for the Time Warner Cable “Road Runner Pro Tennis Classic” are available for $10 for any day throughout the tournament and can be purchased at the door. Weeklong tickets are also available at the door for $50. The tournament website, www.skpromotions.com, is also selling day pass tickets for $7, or weeklong tickets for $45.
Futures level tournaments feature prize money ranging from $10,000 to $15,000, and are a stepping stone for future champions to move on to the ATP Tour. Participants from last year’s event including Carsten Ball and Michael Yani have since progressed on to ATP Tour and Challenger level tournaments. The USTA Futures of Milwaukee has featured numerous players who are top-ranked players in their country, as well as top-ranked NCAA and international junior players. For more information, please visit the official tournament website, www.skpromotions.com
With 96 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $75,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. More than 1,100 men and women from 79 countries competed on the USTA Pro Circuit in 2007 for nearly $3 million in prize money and valuable ATP and WTA Tour ranking points. Andre Agassi, James Blake, Lindsay Davenport, Mardy Fish, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Andy Roddick and Maria Sharapova are among today’s top stars that began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit. For more information, please visit procircuit.usta.com