Paul Pushes Past Ehrat At Savannah Challenger

Tommy Paul (photo: St. Joseph’s/Candler Savannah Challenger/Jacob Stuckey)

SAVANNAH, May 2, 2019

Second round action at the St. Joseph’s/Candler (SJ/C) Savannah Challenger continued on Wednesday with US-American favorite Tommy Paul opening up his 2019 campaign.

The 21-year-old American kicked off against ITF-entry Sandro Ehrat and was neck and neck with the Ehrat until late in the first when the Swiss made his push and took the opening set 7-5. Paul battled back in the second to take it 6-3 and force a third. In the final set he was able to secure the break and close out the match with a final score of 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 after two hours and 14 minutes.

Earlier in the afternoon, No. 4 seed Noah Rubin took to the court against fellow US-American Collin Altamirano. Rubin was looking to win his first match on the green clay of Savannah and quickly ran away with the opening set 6-2. Altamirano had different plans, taking a early break in the second and holding serve to take the second set 6-2. In the deciding set, Altamirano continued to out-play a rattled Rubin, and close out the match with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 win in one hour and 42 minutes.

Meanwhile over on Toyota Savannah Court, No. 14 seed Thai-Son Kwiatkowski took on Andrea Collarini of Argentina. The 24-year-old US-American raced through the opening set 6-3, but was tested in the second as Collarini forced him to play deep into the set. Kwiatkowski prevailed though with a final score of 6-3, 7-5 after one hour and 33 minutes.

Off the court, the tournament hosted Ladies Day. The event will featured on-court tennis activities, retail shopping, food & wine specials, and player appearances by Petr Korda, Jackson Withrow, Anderson Reed, and Ian Dempster.

Play gets underway on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. with No. 3 seed Corentin Moutet taking on American Thai-Son Kwiatkowski. At 5:30 p.m. in the featured evening match, wild card Sebastian Korda battles it out against Sumit Nagal. Korda will be looking for his seventh win of the past two weeks to advance to a second career ATP Challenger quarterfinal.

Wednesday, May 1 – RESULTS

Singles – Second round

Collin Altamirano (USA) d. (4) Noah Rubin (USA) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2

Alejandro Gonzalez (COL) d. (12) Emilio Gomez (ECU) 6-0, 6-3

Sumit Nagal (IND) d. (8) Mats Moraing (GER) 6-1, 4-2, ret.

(14) Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (USA) d. Andrea Collarini (ARG) 6-3, 7-5

(3) Corentin Moutet (FRA) d. Cannon Kingsley (USA) 6-1, 6-1

(16) Roberto Cid Subervi (DOM) d. Maunel Guinard (FRA) 6-4, 6-4

(2) Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) d. Nam Hoang Ly (VIE) 6-3, 6-2

(5) Tommy Paul (USA) d. Sandro Ehrat (SUI) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4

Doubles – First round

Maunel Guinard and Arthur Rinderknech (FRA) d. (1) Robert Galloway and Nathaniel Lammons (USA) 3-6, 6-3, 13-11

(4) Denis Novikov (USA) and Andreas Siljestrom (SWE) d. John Paul Fruttero (USA) and Sergio Galdos (PER) 6-3, 6-4

JC Aragone (USA) and Treat Huey (PHI) d. Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera (CHI) and Ulises Blanch (USA) 7-5, 6-3

Hunter Johnson and Yates Johnson (USA) d. Mats Moraing (GER) and Nino Serdarusic (CRO) walkover

(2) Roberto Maytin (VEN) and Fernando Romboli (BRA) d. Ian Dempster and Anderson Reed (USA) 6-4, 6-4