Photo: Colin Markes playing at the beginning of his eventually postponed quarterfinal match.
On what started as a warm and partly cloudy day, the skies turned dark as a storm rolled in on Day 5 of the Greenview Development & Majestic Realty Men’s Pro Tennis Open. The first matches of the day began at 11 a.m. but were suspended around 12:30 p.m.
No. 1 Bernard Tomic and No. 5 Colin Markes began their very even match on Court 3. Neither player could build a significant lead, splitting games until Markes pulled away to win the first set 6-3. Markes was able to beat Tomic with his serve, recording multiple aces that flew down the line. Tomic gained traction in the second set, building a 3-0 lead and leaving Markes frustrated before the match was suspended due to rain.
On Court 1, No. 6 Andres Andrade led No. 3 Alexander Cozbinov when play was suspended. Andrade won the first set by 6-3, breaking Cozbinov’s serve and drawing him out of position with drop shots placed close to the net. In the second set as the wind picked up and clouds rolled in, Cozbinov found more success with shots to the outside corners. Play was suspended at 6-3, 2-2.
Friday play was officially canceled around 3 p.m. after close to four hours of rain. Matches in progress will resume tomorrow at 9 a.m. The rest of Friday’s postponed matches, the bottom half of the singles quarterfinals and the doubles semifinals, will be played shortly thereafter. Saturday’s planned matches take place later in the day.
By Lindsey Plotkin