RelyAid Natomas Challenger

RELYAID NATOMAS CHALLENGER – SACRAMENTO, CA, USA
$ 100,000.00
SEPTEMBER 29 – OCTOBER 07, 2012

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 29, 2012

Mens
Qualifying Singles – First Round

Qualifying – A Pavic (CRO) d M Santiago (USA) 75 63
Qualifying – J Jung (USA) d A Krajicek (USA) 76(5) 61
Qualifying – D Britton (USA) d [WC] Z Hindle (USA) 64 60
Qualifying – N Meister (USA) d C Guccione (AUS) 16 63 76(3)
Qualifying – P Simmonds (USA) d [WC] L Rosenberg (USA) 62 63
Qualifying – R Thacher (USA) d J Dadamo (USA) 64 63
Qualifying – S Ianni (ITA) d [WC] B Sutter 63 46 61
Qualifying – A Daescu (ROU) d [WC] C Altamirano (USA) 60 60
Qualifying – [WC] M Mcdonald (USA) d A Courtney (USA) 62 62
Qualifying – [WC] L Singh (USA) d [WC] S Kolar (USA) 63 61
Qualifying – A Hubble (AUS) d [WC] N Andrews (USA) 64 62
Qualifying – L Gregorc (SLO) d [WC] O Morel (FRA) 61 61

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2012
STADIUM start 10:00 am
Qualifying – A Bossel (SUI) vs P Simmonds (USA)
Qualifying – G Jones (AUS) vs [WC] M Mcdonald (USA)

COURT 1 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – L Gregorc (SLO) vs N Meister (USA)
Qualifying – [WC] L Singh (USA) vs D Britton (USA)

COURT 2 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – R Thacher (USA) vs A Pavic (CRO)
Qualifying – A Daescu (ROU) vs J Jung (USA)

COURT 6 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – F Wolmarans (RSA) vs A Hubble (AUS)
Qualifying – T Daniel (JPN) vs S Ianni (ITA

Sacks Beats Britton to Take Home USTA Claremont Futures Title

CLAREMONT, Calif., (Sept. 19, 2010) – You can’t blame Gary Sacks for not feeling totally confident about his one-set, 5-0 lead against Devin Britton in the singles final of 15th Annual Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center USTA Pro Classic on Sunday at the Claremont Club.

All Sacks had to do was think back the last time he held a big lead against Britton back in February at the Brownsville, Texas, Futures event. “I was up a set and 5-2 and had match points,” said Sacks. “I let him back in and he won the match. So up a set and at 5-2 today I was thinking, ‘You better finish this.’ “

Finish it Sacks, 23, of Woodland Hills, Calif., did winning the $10,000 Pro Circuit event with an entertaining and highly competitive 7-6 (8), 6-2 win over the former NCAA singles champion Britton, 19, of Brandon, Miss.

Ironically, it was after that loss to Britton in Brownsville that the former USC Trojan Sacks decided to quick tennis. “I just needed some time off and it was after I lost that match I decided I was done with tennis,” said Sacks, who added a bad back was another reason he decided to stop playing. “I had to be away from it for awhile to really fully appreciate it. I started coaching tennis and learned a lot just teaching kids. I’ve rededicated myself and I’m a different player now.”

Tournament director Barry Friedman said it was the first time in the tournament’s history that a qualifier had gotten even as far as the semifinals, let alone win the entire tournament. Sacks pocketed $1,300 for his win while Britton takes home $900.

Britton said Sunday’s match and the one in Texas were like night and day. “This was 10 times better,” said Britton, who held three set points in the first set but could not convert on any of them. “Oh, man. In Texas there were 30 mile per hour winds and the balls were going everywhere. It was so ugly. Gary played really well today and I did too.

“He was just a little more aggressive on the big points. I just had no energy left in the second set.”

Britton is entered in both the Costa Mesa and Irvine $10,000 USTA Futures events while Sacks will take a week off and then play the Irvine tournament. “This feels great,” Sacks said. “I am so tired. To come through qualifying to win the tournament is really amazing.”

Sunday’s final singles results

Gary Sacks, South Africa (q), def. Devin Britton, U.S., 7-6 (8), 6-2

Recent Claremont Champions

Year      Singles Winner               Singles Runner-up              Doubles Champions

2010      Gary Sacks                    Devin Britton                      Taylor Fogleman-Chris Kearney

2009      Matej Bocko                   Bradley Klahn                    Brett Joelson-Ashwin Kumar

2008      Tigran Martirosyan          Adriano Biasello                 Marcus Fugate-Nima Roshan

2007      Carsten Ball                    Robert Yim                        Nikita Kryvonos-Michael McClune

2006      Dudi Sela                       Sascha Kloer                     Ryler DeHeart-Dennis Zivkovic

2005      Benedikt Dorsch             Tyler Cleveland                  K.C. Corkery-James Pade

2004      Bobby Reynolds            Huntley Montgomery          Nick Rainey-Brian Wilson

2003      Glenn Weiner                  Jimy Szymanski                 K.C. Corkery-James Pade

2002      Dmitry Tursunov             Raven Klaasen                   Chris Magyary-Mirko Pehar

Points, Prize Money for $10,000 Futures Tournaments

Singles                         Doubles

Points               Prize $              Points               Prize $

Winner                          17                     $1,300              17                     $630

Finalist                          9                         $900                9                    $330

Semifinalist                   5                         $480                5                    $260

Quarterfinalist                2                         $290                2                    $180

Round of 16                  1                         $200                1                    ——

Round of 32                  0                         $117.50            –                     ——

USTA Pro Circuit

With 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. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed on the USTA Pro Circuit for approximately $3.2 million in prize money and valuable ATP and WTA Tour ranking points. Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Lindsay Davenport, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Jelena Jankovic are among the top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit. The USTA Pro Circuit is world-class tennis administered on the local level and played on local tennis courts as part of the fabric of communities nationwide — an opportunity for current and new fans to experience the excitement and intensity of the professional game in their neighborhood.

In Defeat Britton Keeps His Sense of Humor

As draws go, this was a tough one. Someone needed to be the sacrificial lamb to Roger Federer. And when Devin Britton heard the news, he was surely less than thrilled.

“I didn’t really believe it at first,” said the 18 year-old from Mississippi. “Thought it was just a bad joke. No, and then started getting texts on my phone and realized it was true.”

To say Britton was overmatched is an understatement and it took just one hour and 28 minutes for the best player in the world to finish off his first round match, 6-1, 6-3, 7-5.

Yet, it wasn’t always a walk in the park. The first break of the match went to Britton.

“I was pretty excited after the break,” Britton said. “And I got broken ant Love. I think I lost 13 or 14 points after that. I was thinking, I’m up a break. This is awesome. Then it only lasted about 30 seconds.”

At least he has a sense of humor. Many players would look at being Federer meat an insult, especially in their first open. Britton, though, took at is a challenge, at least not to get embarrassed.

“My goal was not to get crushed,” he laughed. “And make it interesting for a while. At least which I thought. I got up a break a couple of times and that was fun the little time it lasted.”

This was Britton’s first Open as a professional. He came to New York three years ago as a junior, but was sent home after a couple of days. Before Federer, he said he faced, Marcos Baghadatis and Benjamin Becker, but no one on the class as Federer  (Is there anyone who is?) and certainly there’s a difference.

“It’s just slightly different,” Britton said. “I mean, he’s the best. It’s a little different than those guys that were ranked 80 or 90. He’s obviously got plenty of confidence right now. This is his sixth, going for his sixth US Open in a row. I wasn’t expecting too much.”

So Britton was reduced to spectator as Federer went about his business. It took him two sets to realize that this was the US Open and was able to make a game of it in the third. By then it was too late.

Now this young man from Mississippi will hand around New York for a few days. He is looking to get into the doubles tournament as a wild card.

As for Federer, he’s off to the second round on what should be a long tournament for the five time champion. Next up is German Simon Gruel, ranked 65th in the world, which is a little higher than Britton’s 1370th ranking.

“It was a tricky match more for me,” Federer said. “I was playing a guy who had nothing to lose obviously.”

Yet this is Federer, who just never loses.