Today’s action will see the conclusion of the second round of singles and doubles first round.
One of the ATP Tour’s rising starts opens play on Stadium Court as 20-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic takes on 38-year-old qualifier Paolo Lorenzi of Italy. Lorenzi won their only prior meeting in the second round of the US Open last year in five sets 7-6 (11), 6-7 (2),
7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-3. Kecmanovic, a former world no.1 junior, had a breakthrough season on tour last year, highlighted by a trip to the Indian Wells quarterfinals and the final in Antalya. He finished the 2019 by reaching the semifinals of the Next Gen ATP Finals for players 21-years-old and younger. He prepped for this year by training with his idols — Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
The night session features No. 2 seed Milos Raonic in his New York Open debut not before 7:30 p.m. when he faces Soonwoo Kwon. The former world No. 3 brings a ton of confidence to the famed black court having reached the Australian Open quarterfinals without dropping a set, including a win over world No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas. Raonic experienced a breakout year in 2016, which saw him beat Roger Federer en route to his first grand slam final at Wimbledon that year. However, since then he has been outside the world’s top 10 after having surgery on his left wrist. Raonic is looking to break a three-year title drought on the ATP Tour and will like his chances here in New York having won three titles in San Jose which was also played on a court built over ice.
CLASS WAS IN SESSION FOR CURRENT COLLEGIANS AS NO. 7 SEED NORRIE HOLDS OFF HARVARD’S SHI AND HOFSTRA’S DOUBLES TEAM FALLS TO LINDSTEDT AND SANDGREN
College Night at the New York Open provided exciting tennis. In opening night match, No. 7 seed Cameron Norrie, a former collegiate No. 1 from Texas Christian University, took down Harvard sophomore a Jericho, N.Y.. resident Brian Shi (photo right), 7-5, 6-3 in a highly competitive first round encounter. Shi who earned his spot in the main draw by winning the New York Open Collegiate Invitational last month, got out to fast start breaking Norrie and taking a 3-1 lead. Norrie, known for his dogged fighting spirit, fought back and eventually his experience shone through taking a very tight opening set 7-5. Norrie found the going much easier in the second set using his passing shots to great effect. As the set wore on, it became clear that Norrie’s ability to outlast Shi in the extended rallies was the difference in the match as he took the set 6-3.
“Overall, it was such as incredible experience even though I didn’t get the win,” said Shi, who drove back to school after the match in other to make a 9 a.m. intermediate macroeconomic class.
“Definitely a great learning experience for sure. It’s going to give me way more motivation coming back to school to train harder for next time.”
Hofstra’s doubles team of Shawn Jackson and Ostap Kovalenko (photo left) gave it the old college try yesterday but came up short against Robert Lindstedt and Tennys Sandgren. The wild card entrants had the crowd support from friends, family, teammates and classmates but went 0-6 on game-deciding deuce points and fell, 6-1, 6-0.
2018 CHAMP ANDERSON SUFFERS FIRST NY OPEN LOSS — In the final match of the evening Jason Jung upset former Wimbledon and US Open finalist Kevin Anderson 7-6(6), 6-4. The loss was Anderson’s first at NYCB Live. The South African won the inaugural New York Open in 2018 but missed last year’s event due to injury. Jung reached the quarterfinals here last year after upsetting Francis Tiafoe in the second round.