Introduction to Maui tournament...
Maui tournament played for the first time in 1974.
From 1974 to 1984 it was a tournament of the main tour - especially won in 1975 and 1977 by Jimmy Connors and in 1982 by Fitzgerald. I don't find the reason why they stopped playing there (certainly due to the distance in the Pacific).
Now, it is a Challenger played alternatively in honolulu (like in 2010/2011/2012) or in Maui (this year).
The tournament play on hard - outdoor.
For the win, it is usually a fight between Asian players & American players! We'll figure out for this year.
2012: Soeda (N°1) wins over Ginepri.
2011: Ryan Harrison (N°6) wins over Kuznetsov
2010: Russel win this tournament over Zelmja. We could find Nishikori, Dimitrov, Anderson on the entry list.
Player in the Entry List in 2013
This year, we have 3 players in the TOP100.
Go Soeda (N°1) - Rank : 60th.
2012 Titles (3): Kaohsiung CH, Pingguo CH, Honolulu CH
2012 Results: SF ATP250 Atlanta - F Singapore CH - SF Chennai ATP250
2012 Honlulu Results: Winner
Tatsuma Ito (N°2) - Rank : 79th.
2012 Titles (2): Kyoto CH, Busan CH
2012 Results: F Kaohsiung CH
2012 Honolulu Results: SF
Michael Russel (N°3) - Rank : 87th.
2012 Titles (1): Knoxville CH
2012 Results: QF Atlanta ATP250, R2 Wimbledon, SF Houston ATP250,
2012 Honolulu Results: DNP (Winner in 2010)
Tim Smyczek (N°4) - Rank : 16th.
2012 Titles: Champaign CH - Tallahassee CH
2012 Results: R2 Australian Open (2013), R2 US Open
2012 Honolulu Results: QF
Best results since 2010: Winner (2011)
Other interesting players to follow:
Micha Zverev, Donald Young, Steve Johnson, Rhyne Williams, Bradley Klahn, Austin Krajicek
H2H between the TOP 4 Seeded:
Soeda - Ito: 6-2
Soeda - Russel: 0-1
Soeda - Smyczek: 2-0
Ito - Russel: 0-0
Ito - Smyczek: 0-0
Russel - Smyczek: 2-2
Good luck everybody for this tournament