Singles Draw Set For USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas

Main Draw Singles 3-20

Monday Schedule 3-20

Qualifying Results 3-20

There is a distinct international feel to the main draw of this week’s USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas as five of the top eight seeded players come from countries other than the United States.

Qualifying continued Sunday and the main draw was announced at the $25,000 USTA Futures tournament being played at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center.

Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen is the top-seeded player. Laaksonen is 23 years old and was born in Lohja, Finland. He is currently ranked No. 213 in the ATP World Tour rankings.

Eight qualifiers will fight for spots in the main draw to be completed on Monday, with one of them set to face the top-seeded Laaksonen in the first round. The main draw begins on Tuesday.

Matthew Barton, 24, from Sydney, Australia is the No. 2-seeded player. He is ranked No. 241 in the world and won his first Futures titles in 2012 beating Samuel Groth in the final. Playing in the 2013 Australian Open Wild Card Playoff, Barton beat young Australians Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios.

Barton will face local Ventura College sophomore and wild card Corey Karen of Camarillo in the first round. Karen received entry into the main draw by way of his winning the event’s Wild Card tournament.

American Mitchell Krueger (No. 271) is the No. 3 seed followed by No. 4 Sekou Bangoura (U.S.; No. 284), No. 5 Liam Broady (Great Britain; No 289), No. 6 Marek Michalicka (Czech Republic; No. 294), No. 7 Eric Quigley (U.S.; No. 313) and No. 8 Matt Reid (Australia; No. 321).

In other first-round matches, 18-year-old Floridian Stefan Kozlov (No. 338) will face 19-year-old Ernesto Escobedo (No. 336) of West Covina. Kozlov got off to a great 2016 by winning the USC Pro Futures events in January.

Beginning on Friday, March 25 through the finals, Sunday, March 27, tickets to the matches are $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 14. During the tournament there is a Pro-Am for sponsors on Sunday, March 20. A USPTA Coaches workshop with one or two of the Pro Circuit players and their coach on Thursday, March 24 from 11:00 to 12:30 PM. The Adult Pro-Am drill is Friday, March 25, 9:00 – 11:00 AM.

Community Tennis Association & USTA League appreciation night is Friday, March 25 starting at 6 p.m. There will be a VIP sponsor dinner reception on Friday, March 25, starting at 6 p.m. USTA Junior Team Tennis Kid’s Day with a Tennis Carnival Saturday, March 26, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. In addition to daily updates, Jeff Richards, the tournament director, will be twittering fun details and inside incidences during the tournament athttp://twitter.com/calabasastennis.

During 15 years of USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas, the tournament has boasted a prestigious field of past champions like Michael Chang, Mark Philippoussis, Ivo Karlovic, Vince Spadea, Robert Kendrick, and Donald Young among others. A number of members of the U. S. Davis Cup team have played the Calabasas Challenger, including current or former U.S. Davis Cup team members, Sam Querrey, John Isner, Donald Young and Mike & Bob Bryan. Recently, double Olympic gold medalist, Nicolas Massu, and former No 9 player in the world, played in the USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas.

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