Main Draw Begins at Recreation Park

After a rained-out opening day, professional tennis returned to the courts of Recreation Park on Tuesday as the main draw action got underway.

In the featured evening match, rising Ohio State junior, John McNally, took to the court against fellow American Nathan Pasha. McNally and Pasha stayed with each other in the first and forced the tie-break where McNally was able to take control and close out the opening set 7-6(2).

In the second set McNally took the early break of serve and was able to close out the match with a final score of 7-6(2), 6-4.

Earlier in the day, American wild card Strong Kirchheimer battled his way past tour veteran Alejandro Gonzalez. The 24-year-old defeated Gonzalez 7-6(5), 6-3.

Also advancing to the second round were Raymond Sarmiento, Collin Altamirano, Alex Rybakov, Sekou Bangoura, Maxime Cressy, and Alexander Ritschard.

In doubles the No. 2 seeds of JC Aragone and Alex Lawson battled against the setting sun as they looked to get past Duckhee Lee and Yuchi Sugita. The Americans prevailed with a 6-1, 5-7, 10-7 win.

Off the court, Junior Team Tennis at the Binghamton Tennis Center was a blast with more community events on tap for Wednesday. In the afternoon the tournament will host a Dog Adopt-A-Thon spon-sored by Broome County Humane Society. The Fast Serve Contest will also take place, where pros compete for $1000 in prize money for fastest serve and acing amateurs.

Second round action will get underway at 9:30 a.m. (Note time change). On Center Court, it will be an all-American match between JJ Wolf and Collin Altamirano to start the day. In the featured evening match, New York native Noah Rubin kicks off his campaign against Teymuraz Gabashvili.