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Day 2 Preview: Qualifying into Main Draw


The second and final round of singles qualifying matches takes center stage on Day 2 of the Greenview Development Majestic Realty Men’s Pro Tennis Open at the Texas Tennis Center. And there’s a lot of burnt orange in the air.

Action will start on the south courts at 10:00 a.m., but keep in mind there’s still a slight chance of rain on Tuesday. On Court 3, Ryan Dickerson, seeded fourth in qualifying, will face University of Texas junior Eshan Talluri, a finance major from San Diego, California (pictured above). Dickerson advanced with a 14-12 championship tiebreak win over Anton Shipp on Monday. The match is followed by eighth-seeded Eric Hadigian, a 22-year-old from Sacramento, California, against another Longhorn, Evin McDonald, an economics major from Bethesda, Maryland, who is a mainstay on Big 12’s All-Academic teams.

Court 1 kicks off with Nevin Arimilli, a Longhorn senior and Austin native, facing a Big 12 opponent, TCU freshman Sebastian Gorzny, who defeated No. 6 Chad Kissel in the first round of qualifying. Next on that court will be the third-seeded Aggie Noah Schachter against No. 13 Edison Ambarzumjan, a German who starred at Division II Newberry College in South Carolina.

No. 12 Hamish Stewart will face Christopher Bulus of Nigeria in the first match on Court 5, followed by second-seeded Warren Wood, a 29-year-old Californian, against No. 10 Pranav Kumar, who now plays for SMU after graduating from Texas A&M.

Court 2 starts with an intriguing matchup between fifth-seeded Giacomo Revelli of Great Britain, who plays for UCLA, against Marco Mesarovic, an 18-year-old from Round Rock’s Westwood High School who is bound for Clemson. Mesarovic, with an ITF junior ranking of No. 169, recently qualified for the M25 tournament in Harlingen, Texas. Westwood recently won the state’s highest high school division, Class 6A, for the third title in five seasons. That match will be followed by top-seeded Adrian Oetzbach of Germany against No. 9 Rahul Dhokia of Great Britain.

Doubles action follows the qualifying singles matches, with the top-seeded pair of Andres Andrade of Ecuador and Johannes Ingildsen of Denmark facing Americans Chad Kissell and Joshua Sheehy in the third match on Court 1.

Photo by Ryan Cerna