On Sunday, Darian King became the first man from Barbados to advance to the Memphis Open main draw.
Qualifying rounds at the 41st Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster wrapped up on Sunday with four players advancing to the main singles draw. American Tim Smyczek made it through without striking a ball after German Benjamin Becker withdrew due to injury. Smyczek will face American wild card Frances Tiafoe in the first round of the main draw. Top-seeded Canadian Peter Polansky made easy work of Aussie Matthew Barton while Matthew Ebden topped Brian Baker. Polansky and Ebden will meet in the first round, assuring that at least one qualifier will advance to the second round. Darian King became the first man from Barbados to ever advance to the Memphis Open main draw after Tatsuma Ito retired while trailing in the second set. In just his second ATP-level event, King gets the tough task of facing 5th seed Bernard Tomic in main draw action.
The main draw begins on Monday with a stacked lineup on Stadium Court. Last year’s quarterfinalist, Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan, faces Spanish veteran Guillermo Garcia-Lopez to begin the day. The duo will be followed by No. 6 seed Adrian Mannarino and American Donald Young. Young topped Mannarino at the 2015 Memphis Open. Former Memphis finalist Kevin Anderson will play his first tournament of 2017 against Damir Dzumhur to round out the day session.
Americans Ryan Harrison and Steve Johnson face University of Memphis wild cards Cedric De Zutter and Connor Glennon in the first match of the night session. Doubles will be followed by the marquee match of the day, American teenagers Reilly Opelka and Jared Donaldson. Both Opelka and Donaldson are playing their best tennis and have reached a career-best in the world rankings.
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