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Time For Tennis In Tennessee At Knoxville Challenger

September 20, 2012 01:15 PM
Bobby Reynolds of Acworth, Ga.
UPDATE: Reynolds Makes Final in Knoxville, Adds to Fall Success on the Challenger Tour
Third-seeded Michael Russell defeated sixth-seeded and former Vanderbilt alum Bobby Reynolds in straight-sets, 6-3,  6-2, to take the Knoxville title. In making the final, Bobby Reynolds of Acworth, Ga. has added to his recent success on the Challenger tour, also reaching back-to-back semifinals in Tiburon (l. Zverev) and Sacramento (l. Blake) in October. With his run to the finals, Reynolds should move his way back into the Top 150 in the world rankings.
UPDATE: Sandgren Upsets Top-seed Levine, Three Southern Players Move on to the Second Round
Playing on his home courts on the University of Tennessee, Vol standout Tennys Sandgren scored a big win on Day 1 when he surprised top-seeded Jesse Levine 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3 in a three-set victory. On day 2, former Tennessee player Rhyne Williams also pleased the home crowd with his nail-biting victory over qualifier Austin Krajicek 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-6(4). Rounding out the trio, former Ole Miss standout Devin Britton made his way through qualifying and won his first round match over wildcard Christian Harrison, 6-3, 6-4. Sandgren, Williams, and Britton will all be back in action on Thursday fighting for a spot in the quarterfinals.
The Knoxville Challenger, an ATP Challenger and USTA Pro Circuit Event, will be held Nov. 5-Nov. 11 in Knoxville, Tenn. at the indoor hard courts of the University of Tennessee’s Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center, 1015 20th Street Knoxville, Tenn. 37996.
The $50,000 Challengers event will feature four USTA Southern players that have been directly accepted into the main draw, including local favorite Rhyne Williams, University of Tennessee standout Tennys Sandgren, Bobby Reynolds, who played his college tennis in Tennessee at nearby Vanderbilt, and former Top 50 player Donald Young. There are also three USTA Southern players listed as alternates, including former Top 50 player Robby Ginepri, Christian Harrison brother of Top 50 player Ryan Harrison, and Devin Britton, who was the 2009 NCAA singles champion.
The event features a singles main draw of 32, a qualifying draw of 32, and a doubles main draw of 16. The singles qualifying event begins on Nov. 4, with the doubles qualifying on Nov. 5 and main draw play for both draws on Nov. 6.
 The Knoxville Challenger is offering free admission for qualifying and $10/day admission for main draw play. As a special offer, the tournament is offering free admission on Tuesday and Wednesday for the first 50 University of Tennessee students with a valid student ID . Additionally, the tournament is offering special day admissions to each participating tennis center called "Club Days", where tickets can be purchased half-off and children are admitted for free. Tickets must be purchased in advance through participating clubs. Visit www.knoxchallenger.com for more ticketing information.
Concessions available
Food and drink will be available for attendees on site for both lunch and dinner. Free designated public parking will be available in front of the Kingston Pike Building near Tyson Park with a complimentary, direct bus shuttle service offered to the Goodfriend Tennis Center.
All proceeds from the Knoxville Challenger will benefit the Helen Ross McNabb Center, providing mental health care, substance abuse treatment, and social services to children in the Knoxville area since 1948. Proceeds will also honor the memory of Harry Stowers, an avid tennis fan and major supporter and fundraiser for the McNabb Center for over 25 years.
Those interested in sponsoring a tennis team, volunteering, or becoming a ballperson for the Knoxville Challenger can sign up with the links on the bottom left of the home page listed below.
For live updates, scores, and further tournament information, visit www.knoxchallenger.com, follow The Knoxville Challenger page on Facebook or tweet along with @KnoxChallenger on Twitter.
Visitors can also contact Tournament Director Howard Blum at howard.blum@mcnabb.org, 865-329-9062.



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