CLAREMONT, Calif., (Sept. 14, 2012) – A five-week layoff because of an ailing back didn’t seem to bother top-seeded Alex Bogdanovic of Great Britain, who beat a determined Mark Verryth of Australia in a tough three-set match on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals at the 17th annual Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Pro Classic, a $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit men’s event being played this week at the Claremont Club.
Bogdanovic downed Verryth, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, in the second round of play, and the current world No. 311-ranked player said afterward that he’s set to play the three SoCal Futures events in Claremont, Costa Mesa and Irvine before playing USTA Pro Circuit events in Sacramento and Tiburon.
“We’ll see how the body reacts,” Bogdanovic said.
Bogdanovic will play qualifier and former UCLA standout Haythem Abid of Tunisia in the quarterfinals on Friday. Abid, now 27 and recovering from wrist surgery on his left hand, beat fellow American and No. 7-seeded Reid Carleton, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Abid, who played Davis Cup matches for Tunisia this year, is driving 45 miles back and forth each day from his home in West Los Angeles. He is currently training at the Weil Tennis Academy and hoping for a full 2013 tour campaign.
A fellow Bruin alum, No. 2-seeded Daniel Kosakowski, also won his match on Thursday and will next face fellow Southern Californian Jason Jung, who beat wild card – and yet another Bruin – Dennis Novikov in straight sets on Thursday.
“I’ve never face Jason but he’s playing well,” said Kosakowski, who beat American Ryan Rowe, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Kosakowski said he’s been working out with Taylor Dent and some others in Orange County recently.
In the doubles final on Friday scheduled for 4 p.m., Devin Britton and Reid Carleton of the United States will face fellow former collegiate standouts Jeff Dadamo and Kyle McMorrow.
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Thursday’s Second-Round Singles Results
WC: Wild card; Q: Qualifier
Dennis Lajola, U.S. (4), def. Boris Bakalov, Bulgaria, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
Daniel Nguyen, U.S. (q), def. Chris Wettengel, U.S., 6-2, 6-3
Haythem Abid, Tunisia (q), def. Reid Carleton, U.S. (7), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Prakash Amritraj, India, def. Devin Britton, U.S. (3), 6-4, 7-6 (4)
Jason Jung, U.S. (6), def. Dennis Novikov, U.S. (wc), 6-0, 7-6 (3)
Daniel Kosakowski, U.S. (2), def. Ryan Rowe, U.S., 6-4, 7-6 (4)
Jeff Dadamo, U.S. (5), def. Finn Tearney, New Zealand (wc), 6-2, 6-0
Alex Bogdanovic, Great Britain (1), def. Mark Verryth, Australia, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3
Thursday’s Semifinal Doubles Results
Devin Britton, U.S.-Reid Carleton, U.S. (1), def. Daniel Nguyen, U.S.-Ryan Rowe, U.S. (3), 7-5, 4-6, 10-6
Jeff Dadamo, U.S.-Kyle McMorrow, U.S. (2), def. Nicholas John Andrews, U.S.-Dennis Nevolo, U.S., 6-4, 5-7, 10-7
Note: Doubles final will take place on Friday at 4 p.m.
Recent Claremont Champions
Year Singles Winner Singles Runner-up Doubles Champions
2011 Steve Johnson Darian King Alexandre Lacroix-Sanam Singh
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
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 approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually 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. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 33 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering nearly $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Mardy Fish, Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, Caroline Wozniacki, John Isner, Victoria Azarenka and Andy Murray are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.