Former All-Americans to play for title on Saturday night
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former University of Kentucky men’s tennis All-Americans Tom Jomby (FRA) and Eric Quigley (USA) defeated Marcos Giron (USA) and Jose Statham (AUS) 6-3, 1-6, 10-6 on Friday night in the doubles semifinals of the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships to move into the tournament’s championship match on Saturday.
Jomby and Quigley will face Alex Bolt (AUS)/Max Purcell (AUS) in the championship match on Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET from the Boone Tennis Center in Lexington. The match will be the first of the night session.
Jomby and Quigley won the first set with two separate breaks of serve, with the first coming at 1-0 for a 2-0 lead in the set, and then the former Wildcats broke at 4-2 for a 5-2 lead and served out the first set with a 6-2 scoreline. In the second set, Giron/Statham got three breaks of serve off of Jomby and Quigley to take the frame, 6-1.
In the match-deciding tiebreak, Jomby and Quigley broke right off the bat for a 2-1 lead and stretched their lead out to 9-4 at one point after two successive mini breaks. After two holds of serve from Giron/Statham – Quigley served out the final point with a winner down the line for a 10-6 clinching point to put the pair into the championship match.
Some of the best young tennis players in the world will once again take center stage in Lexington this summer, as the United States Tennis Association’s Pro Circuit comes to town July 31 through Aug. 1 at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center on the University of Kentucky’s campus. The 2017 Kentucky Bank Tennis Championship is a $75,000 challenger for the men, and $60,000 for the women – ranking it as one of the most prestigious prizes along the road to the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadow this summer.
Tickets are available now online at the tournament’s official website, lexingtonchallenger.com – and can be purchased in week-long packages, or single-day increments. Tickets are $10 per day, and $50 for a week-long pass.
The USTA has 94 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. On average, more than 1,100 men and women from 79 countries compete on the USTA Pro Circuit annually for more than $3 million in prize money and valuable ATP and WTA Tour ranking points.
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