All but three first round qualifying matches were completed after a rainy Monday at the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships at the Vero Beach Tennis & Fitness Club. Only the 5 pm night match between Sea Oaks tennis pro Ching Wang and Matthew Vos did not take the court as heavy rain and lightning canceled play for the day.
Ching will play his first round qualifying match at 10 am on Tuesday and, if he wins, again later in the day after rest. He is also scheduled to play his first round of doubles at 5:30 pm alongside his 53-year-old partner James Bragg, with he won the Mardy Fish doubles “wild card” event last week. Wang and Bragg will play Roberto Cid, a Davis Cup player from the Dominican Republic ranked No. 677 in singles by the ATP, and Sathi Reddy of India, who has an ATP doubles ranking of No. 1639.
Not before 3:30 pm on Stadium will feature the “King of the Hill” winner James Van Deinse, a co-owner of the Vero Beach Tennis Club, partnering with KOTH runner-up Tyler Rios of Port St. Lucie, playing against the No. 2 seeds in doubles Peter Bertran, also a Davis Cup player from the Dominican Republic who is ranked No. 625 in doubles, and Lorenzo Claverie of Italy, ranked No 705 in the world in doubles.
Tuesday’s first main draw doubles match on Stadium will feature four teenagers, No. 3 seeds Nico Godsick and Aidan Kim, both 18 who will attend Stanford and Florida respectively later this year, against 16-year-old Kaylun Bigun and 15-year-old Roy Horowitz. Godsick, the son of two-time Olympic gold medalist Mary Joe Fernandez and Laver Cup co-founder and agent for Roger Federer Tony Godsick, won the USTA National Boys’ 18 championships last year and reached the second round of the main draw in doubles at the 2022 U.S. Open.
Sebastian Mendoza, the No. 1 player from Vero Beach High School’s 2022 team, was defeated in his first-round qualifying match, falling to Isaac Nortey, a member of the Davis Cup team from Ghana, by a 6-3, 6-1 margin. The end of the match can be watched here: https://youtu.be/qI-baeZ4Xgs
Read Harvey Fialkov’s TCPalm.com story on Monday’s play here: https://www.tcpalm.com/story/sports/2023/04/24/mardy-fish-these-hopeful-tennis-stars-are-fighting-for-first-atp-points/70147971007/?fbclid=IwAR3GAgkPBnWytt0ayZAec0NonFibt2uSGn2CBO19kVrsyQivft_jXOub1Ac
Tuesday’s full schedule can be found here: https://www.usta.com/content/dam/usta/2023-pro-circuit/20230424_verobeach_m15/OP.pdf
The full singles draw can be found here: https://www.usta.com/content/dam/usta/2023-pro-circuit/20230424_verobeach_m15/MDS.pdf
The full doubles draw can be found here: https://www.usta.com/content/dam/usta/2023-pro-circuit/20230424_verobeach_m15/MDD.pdf
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