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Thursday’s Preview: Rain? Possibly. Seeds? Definitely!


The Greenview Development & Majestic Realty Men’s Pro Tennis Open will welcome the players with cooler weather (and possibly rain) as they dive into the second round of singles on Thursday. The matches will start at 9 a.m., an hour earlier than usual, because of the forecast.

The top eight seeds all advanced to the second round, as did defending champion Micah Braswell, pictured above. On Tuesday, the UT-Austin player defeated Baylor’s Tadeas Paroulek by 6-2, 4-6, 6-0.

“I got a little tired in the second set,” Braswell said. “Luckily for the third set, I was able to get out there and play some really good tennis.”

Braswell faces eighth-seeded Joshua Sheehy, the Abilene Christian University alum, in the first match on Court 3.

A highly anticipated match opens play on Court 5, as fourth-seeded Learner Tien, the two-time Boys’ 18 Championship, goes against Trevor Svajda, the junior he defeated in the Kalamazoo final this past August. Tenth-seeded Frances Tiafoe defeated Tien, 6-2, 7-5, 6-1, in the first round of the 2023 U.S. Open. Svajda, whose brother Zachary won the Austin tournament in 2021,  received a wild card into this event.

Top-seeded Federico Agustin Gomez of Argentina will face Siem Woldeab, a Longhorn senior and additionally a qualifier, in the second match on Court 5. Second-seeded Blaise Bicknell of Jamaica will go against wild card Pierre Yves Bailly, a junior at UT-Austin. Third-seeded Yassine Dlimi, a Moroccan who was named the AAC Freshman of the Year in 2022, faces Eliot Spizzirri, yet another senior Longhorn. 

Fifth-seed Edward Winter of Australia will face Luc Koenig, a British qualifier who plays for  Baylor. No. 6 Duarte Vale of Portugal will face Tyler Stewart of Texas Tech. No. 7 Mark Whitehouse, a 30-year-old Brit, will face Colin Markes, a former Longhorn.

Additionally, the doubles will be entering the quarterfinals on Thursday. 

Article and photograph by Bevo Video Productions, a division of Texas Student Media of UT-Austin’s Moody College of Communication