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Three Americans Advance to Quarterfinals at the Newton Cox Men's Professional Tennis Classic

March 28, 2003 10:28 AM
Kevin Kim
The top two seeds will be in action Friday in the quarterfinals of the 2003 Newton Cox Men's Professional Tennis Classic in Mobile, Ala. Dmitry Tursunov, the No. 1 seed from Russia, will face qualifier Nenad Toroman of South Africa, and No. 2 Kevin Kim of Fullerton, Calif., will meet Thomas Blake, the eighth seed from Fairfield, Conn.

American Michael Joyce of Los Angeles is also in the lineup and will take on Ignacio Hirigoyen of Argentina. In the final singles match of the day, Ireland's Peter Clarke will battle Pedro Braga of Brazil.

In doubles action, Kim and Joyce have already advanced to the semi-finals in a walk-over, after Mexico's Bruno Echagaray and Santiago Gonzolez pulled out. Kim and Joyce's opponents will be determined during Friday's action.

Thomas Blake is the older brother of James Blake, currently at No. 13 on the ATP Champions Point Race.

Brian Baker, from Nashville, TN, a Wild Card entrant, defeated Russian Clinton Jacobs in the opening round of play. He then lost in three sets, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4, to No. 1 seed Tursunov in the round of 16.

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