Aptos' wildcards announced
$75,000 Comerica Challenger
A men’s professional tennis event
July 11-17, 2005
Seascape Sports Club, Aptos
FINAL WILDCARDS ANNOUNCED FOR NEXT WEEK’S EVENT
(FOR RELEASE JULY 8, 2005) – Young Americans Rajeev Ram, Scoville Jenkins and Ben Lankenau will join Scottish phenom and Wimbledon hero Andrew Murray as wildcard entries into the $75,000 Comerica Challenger, it was announced Friday.
The tournament begins Monday, July 11, at Seascape Sports Club in Aptos (Santa Cruz County).
Ram, 21, is a native of Carmel, Ind., and helped the University of Illinois win the 2003 NCAA team championship, also claiming the NCAA doubles title that year. He is ranked No. 273 by the ATP.
Jenkins, a 19-year-old from Atlanta, was a semifinalist at the Wimbledon Juniors in 2004 became the first African American to win the USTA Boys 18s Hardcourts at Kalamazoo, Mich., in 2004. He is ranked No. 500 by the ATP.
Lankenau, a 16-year-old from Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., is a prospect coached by former ATP standout Phil Dent. Lankenau has consistently ranked among the national top 20 in his age groups and has played in several Futures tournaments. He is unranked.
Murray, whose wildcard entry was announced July 2, is an 18-year-old Scot who shocked the tennis world by reaching the third round at Wimbledon, lasting longer in the draw than beloved Brit Tim Henman. His ranked jumped from No. 312 to No. 213 on Monday based on his Wimbledon efforts. Murray, the reigning U.S. Open Junior champion, will make his Comerica Challenger debut at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, against an opponent to be determined Sunday.
Five players from the official ATP acceptance list have backed out of the Comerica Challenger because of injuries: two-time champion Jeff Salzenstein, Brian Baker, Paul Capdeville, Franco Ferreiro and Yen-Hsun Lu. To fill their spots in the draw, plus two other spots reserved for special exemptions that will not be used, the following seven players are now in the main draw: Thiago Alves, Dudi Sela, Matias Boeker, Michael Russell, Cecil Mamiit, Harel Levy and Tomas Cakl. Mamitt won the Seascape title in 1998.
The Comerica Challenger singles champion will receive $10,800, up from $7,200 in previous years when prize money totaled $50,000; the runner-up will earn $6,360, up from $4,250. The doubles winners will split $4,650. Marking its 19th consecutive year, the Comerica Challenger is the longest-running challenger on the men’s USTA Pro Circuit. It gets under way July 9-10 with a 32-player qualifying tournament that will advance four semifinalists to the main draw.
A percentage of all ticket sales is donated to local schools. Tickets are $14 Monday through Thursday, $18 Friday (quarterfinals), $20 Saturday (semifinals) and $22 Sunday (finals). A weekend pass (Friday-Saturday-Sunday) is $50. Kids 5 and under are admitted free and tickets for kids 6-12 are half price. There is a 20 % discount on tickets for groups of 10 or more. Admission to the qualifying tournament is free.
Seascape Sports Club is one of Northern California’s premiere clubs, located just a few hundred yards from the Pacific Ocean. It is located at 1505 Seascape Blvd. in Aptos.
For more ticket information, call (831) 688-1993 or log onto www.seascapesportsclub.com