The action starts well before play begins today at the New York Open. The tournamentâ€™s annual Ladies Day champagne brunch, fashion show and ATP Q&A kicks off at the Long Island Marriott at 10 a.m. At the same time, the inaugural GF Sports STEM Education School Day will take place at The Exhibition Hall and on Stadium Court.
Brayden Schnur, last yearâ€™s New York Open runner-up, begins his 2020 campaign against Dominik Koepfer in the third match on Stadium. Schnur reached his first ATP singles final here last year as a qualifier, but had his Cinderella story come to a bittersweet end in a third-set tiebreaker that decided the championship.Â
Tonight is officially College Night at the New York Open.Â Brian Shi, a resident of Jericho, N.Y. and sophomore on the Harvard menâ€™s varsity tennis team will play Cameron Norrie (a former collegiate No. 1 from Texas Christian University) in the featured match not before 7:30 p.m.Â Shi earned his spot in the main draw last month by capturing the New York Openâ€™s Collegiate Wildcard Invitational.
â€œThe Collegiate Wildcard Invitational gives college players from the USTA Eastern Section the opportunity to play with the pros when it really counts,â€ New York Open tournament director Peter Lebedevs said. â€œHere at GF Sports we are committed to supporting the growth of American collegiate tennis.â€
Tuesdayâ€™s slate of matches highlights the growing number of former collegiate players now plying their trade on the ATP Tour. Half of the players in action today (14 of 28) have played, or are currently playing, college tennis.Â
The last match of the day features a pair of Big 10 alumni as 2018 New York Open champion Kevin Anderson (University of Illinois) takes on Jason Jung (University of Michigan).Â An elbow injury prevented Anderson from defending his title here last year, so the two-time Grand Slam finalist looks to remain undefeated on the famed black courts here at Nassau Coliseum.Â
Shi is not the only active collegiate player on the schedule today as Hofstraâ€™s doubles team on Shawn Jackson and Ostap Kovalenko will face two former college all-Americans in Robert Lindstedt (Pepperdine University) and Tennys Sandgren (University of Tennessee) not before 5 p.m.