Cary Kicks Off American Challenger Swing

STARNBERG, November 11, 2020

The ATP Challenger Tour has returned to America for the first time since March with the $52,080 Atlantic Tire Championships held on hard courts at Cary Tennis Park in Cary, North Carolina, United States. The tournament celebrates its five-year anniversary hosting an USTA Pro Circuit event this week.

Top seed Thiago Monteiro opened his title bid on an unseasonably warm Tuesday with a first-round win over fellow Brazilian Guilherme Clezar, who was forced to stop playing due to groin pain while Monteiro leading 7-6(5), 3-2. The World No. 84 from Fortaleza will next take on Mikael Torpegaard from Denmark, who rallied past US-American wild card entry William Blumberg 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 17 minutes.

No. 4 seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran of India also booked his spot in the second round. The World No. 146 from Chennai defeated Canadian Peter Polansky 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 16 minutes.

Up next for Gunneswaran will be Jack Sock. The 28-year-old US-American, champion of four ATP Tour events, highlighted by his triumph at the Masters 1000 event in Paris-Bercy in 2017, is competing in his first tournament since losing to Dominic Thiem in the second round at Roland Garros in early October. Sock edged past compatriot Bjorn Fratangelo 7-6(11), 6-3. The World No. 253 won 53 per cent of the total points played to secure victory in two hours and 11 minutes.

Tuesday, November 10 – RESULTS

Singles – First round

(1) Thiago Monteiro (BRA) def. Guilherme Clezar (BRA) 7-6(5), 3-2 Retired
((4) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) def. Peter Polansky (CAN) 6-2, 6-2
(Q) Thomaz Belluci (BRA) def. (5) Mohamed Safwat (EGY) 6-7 (4), 6-1, 7-6 (7)
(WC) Alexis Galarneau (CAN) def. (8) Mackenzie McDonald (USA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) def. (WC) William Blumberg (USA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Brandon Nakashima (USA) def. Thai-son Kwiatkowski (USA) 7-6(5), 6-1
Jack Sock (USA) def. Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) 7-6(11), 6-3
Mitchell Krueger (USA) def. Elias Ymer (SWE) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles – First round 

(4) Andrey Golubev (KAZ) / Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) def. Robert Galloway (USA) / Treat Huey (PHI) 6-1, 4-6, 10-7
Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) / Dennis Novikov (USA) def. (WC) Tadas Babelis (LTU) / Robin Catry (USA) 6-2, 3-6, 10-6
Peter Polansky (CAN) / Dmitry Popko (KAZ) def. Roberto Cid Subervi (DOM) / Daniel Elahi Galan (COL) 7-6(4), 6-2