TALLAHASSEE, April 23, 2016
A rematch of last year’s ﬁnal between Facundo Arguello and Frances Tiafoe headlines the ﬁrst round match ups at the 2016 Tallahassee Tennis Challenger.
Defending champion Arguello will face familiar foe in USA’s Tiafoe in the opening round of play. The duo met last year in the ﬁnal with the Argentine winning 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4. Arguello defeated ﬁve young US-Americans on his 2015 championship run, including Jared Donaldson and Tommy Paul.
Tiafoe returns to Tallahassee for a second straight year in the hopes of once again claiming the USTA Pro Circuit Roland Garros Wild Card.
Three all-American match-ups also headline the 2016 singles draw, which features thirteen men from the USA. Top seed Donald Young, who won the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger in 2011, will meet Ernesto Escobedo for the ﬁrst time.
Tim Smyczek, the 2012 champion, will face off with Brian Baker, who returned to play earlier this year after a two and a half year hiatus due to a right knee injury. This will be the pair’s ﬁrst meeting since 2011, when Baker scored a straight sets win over Smyczek at the Knoxville Challenger.
Former University of Kentucky standout Eric Quigley, who received a wild card in to the main draw, will play 2014 junior Wimbledon champion Noah Rubin in the ﬁrst round. These two met last year at the Charlottesville, with Rubin clinching the win in a tight three sets.
Wild card Benjamin Lock, who is the number one player at Florida State University, will kick off his tournament against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev.
Main draw play kicks off Monday morning at Forestmeadows Tennis Complex.