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Day Four – An All-American Finish Today at the TCOM

Lahaina, Hawaii, January 25, 2017– The American’s had a strong finish today at the 2017 SportMaster Tennis Championships of Maui with four players through to the next round of the main draw. The closest match of the day went to world number 271, Austin Krajicek. Krajicek took on Marco Chiudinelli (SUI). Chiudinelli outranked Krajicek by 143 ranking points and was a former top 50 player in the world. Krajicek started the match strong and took the first set with ease. In the second set, Krajicek saw his first match point at 5-4 (40-30), only to have it taken away by a down the line passing shot by Chiudinelli. Krajicek would go on to lose that game and the set 5-7.

“It’s really easy to get discouraged when serving out the match and having a match point,” said Krajicek. “I was serving well throughout the match up until that point.”

After saving a Chiudinelli match point, Krajicek took him to a tiebreak and sealed the match 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (5). Krajicek is looking forward to a good start in 2017 and to get back to his career high singles ranking of 94.

“I’ve been taking it match by match,” started Krajicek. “Physically, I feel good so if I play the right tournaments I know I can play good tennis and get back to where I was before,” he concluded.

Mackenzie McDonald sailed through his match today against qualifier Antoine Bellier 6-2, 6-4. The 2016 NCAA Singles and Doubles champions recently turned pro six months ago and is adjusting well to the tour lifestyle.

“I’m loving it,” exclaimed McDonald. “I’m traveling a lot, seeing a lot of new places, and meeting a lot of cool people.”

McDonald has a tough next round draw against two-seed Hyeon Chang (KOR).

Mitchell Krueger and Tennys Sandgren also move on to the next round.

Matches reconvene at 10:00am tomorrow morning.

 

For more information, contact: Ryan Trujillo, Director of Marketing & Communications, USTA Hawaii Pacific Section – (808)585-9525 ; trujillo@hawaii.usta.com

Posted January 26, 2017 in: News by Ryan Trujillo