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The 2020 Knoxville Challenger has been cancelled

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November 4, 2019

Roy Smith (USA)
Age: 21
Residence: New Haven, Connecticut
Current ATP singles ranking: 329
Career-high ATP singles ranking: 310 (Sept 2017)
Former five-star recruit

First-year professional Roy Smith has maintained his spot inside the top-340 throughout the season, advancing to the third round in singles at challenger events in Cleveland, Winnetka, Lexington, and Columbus. The former University of Baylor standout competed for the Bears during the 2017-2018 season, before turning pro early this spring during his sophomore season. The 2018 All-Big 12 First Team Doubles honoree made his breakthrough on tour at the end of the 2018 season, storming to the final of the Oracle Challenger Series event in Houston which helped him ascend over 450 spots in the ATP rankings.

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Scott Jones (AUS)
Age: 21
Residence: Knoxville, Tennessee
Current ITA (college) singles ranking: 106
Highest ITA (college) doubles ranking: 25
Career-high ITF Juniors ranking: 99

University of Tennessee senior Scott Jones is making his second appearance at the Knoxville Challenger, and his first appearance in the main draw of a challenger event. As a result of being crowned the 18U national boys’ champion of Australia in 2016, the Perth native received the opportunity to compete in the men’s singles qualifying of the Australian Open. One of the team captains for the 13th ranked Vols this season, SJ has amassed a career singles record of 78-39 for Tennessee and played at the #3 singles spot during the 2018-2019 campaign. Other awards include being named to the SEC All-Tournament Team and to the All-SEC Second Team twice.


Liam Broady (GBR)
Age: 25
Residence: Stockport, England
Current ATP singles ranking: 262
Career-high ATP singles ranking: 154 (April 2018)

Brit Liam Broady’s 2019 highlights include runner-up finishes in singles at a 25K event in Claremont, California last month, and also a run to the final at the Leon Challenger back in April. The younger brother of current WTA pro Naomi Broady, the former world number two junior has won seven singles titles on the Futures tour and another thirteen more in doubles.

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Donald Young (USA)
Age: 30
Residence: Atlanta, Georgia
Current ATP singles ranking: 233
Career-high ATP singles ranking: 38 (Feb 2012)

Former top-40 player Donald Young has reached the semifinals this season in singles at challenger events in Noumea, Newport Beach, as well as Monterrey. The former world number one junior and 2017 French Open doubles finalist has won eight singles titles at the challenger level, as well as four in doubles.

 

 

November 5, 2019

Andrew Rogers
Age: 20
Residence: Knoxville, Tennessee
Highest ITA (college) doubles ranking: 57
Former four-star recruit

University of Tennessee junior Andrew Rogers is making his second appearance at the Knoxville Challenger, and his first appearance in the main draw of a challenger event. One of the team captains for the 13th ranked Vols this season, the Brentwood, Tennessee native has amassed a career singles dual match record of 14-2 and played primarily at the #6 singles spot during the 2018-2019 campaign. This fall, Rogers reached the final of the Gamecock Invitational in doubles, nothing wins over teams from the University of Miami and the University of North Carolina.

Tennys Sandgren
Age: 28
Residence: Gallatin, Tennessee
Current ATP singles ranking: 69
Career-high ATP singles ranking: 41 (Jan 2019)

Former University of Tennessee All-American Tennys Sandgren won his first tour-level title in January down under in Auckland, New Zealand, a year after he reached the Australian Open quarterfinals also down under in Melbourne. After becoming the first Vol to reach the quarterfinals of a major since current Tennessee head coach Chris Woodruff did so in 2000, Sang also advanced to the quarterfinals later that year at the US Open in doubles. In addition to his title at Auckland, Sang’s other 2019 highlights include a runner-up finish at the Sarasota Challenger in singles and a runner-up finish in doubles at the Winston Salem Open. The big-serving American has performed well at majors this season, winning three matches to qualify into the Roland Garros main draw, before reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon and the third round of the US Open. In action for the first time in five weeks after recovering from a minor injury, this week Sang will look to win his eighth doubles title on the challenger tour.

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Adrián Menéndez Maceiras
Age: 34
Residence: Marbella, Spain
Current ATP doubles ranking: #351
Career-high ATP doubles ranking: 104 (March 2012)

Finishing in the top-300 of the ATP year-end singles rankings for an impressive 12 straight seasons, Adrián Menéndez Maceiras is making his debut at the Knoxville Challenger this year. The Spaniard earned his best result at a major at the 2017 US Open, qualifying into the main draw and reaching the second round before falling to former world number three Juan Martín del Potro. Menéndez Maceiras has won a total of 14 titles at the challenger level, with 10 coming in doubles and another 4 in singles.

Hans Hach Verdugo
Age: 29
Residence: Dallas, Texas
Current ATP doubles ranking: 136
Career-high ATP doubles ranking: 125 (Sept 2019)

After a standout career at Abilene Christian University, Hans Hach Verdugo has achieved great success in doubles, winning a title every year from 2014-2018. Along with winning an impressive 19 doubles titles at the Futures Level, the three-time Lone Star Conference Player of the Year won his first doubles title at the challenger level last year in Tiburon. Hach Verdugo’s 2019 highlights include runner-up finishes at challengers in Gatineau, Columbus, and Zhangjiagang.


Denis Kudla
Age: 27
Residence: Arlington, Virginia
Current ATP singles ranking: 114
Career-high ATP singles ranking: 53 (May 2016)

2017 Knoxville Challenger singles finalist Denis Kudla returns to the tournament for the seventh time, and will look to make another deep run as the number five seed in this year’s draw. Kudla achieved his best result at a major at Wimbledon in 2015 as the last remaining American man in the singles draw, earning two five-set victories en route to reaching the fourth round. The former world number three junior has won 13 titles at the challenger level in his career, with 6 in singles and 7 in doubles.

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Roy Smith
Age: 21
Residence: New Haven, Connecticut
Current ATP singles ranking: 329
Career-high ATP singles ranking: 310 (Sept 2017)

 

 

November 6, 2019

Aleks Kovacevic (USA)
Age: 21
Residence: Champaign, Illinois
Current ITA (college) singles ranking: 6
Current ATP singles ranking: 688 (career-high)

University of Illinois senior Aleks Kovacevic is coming off his first final appearance at the pro level, winning four matches at the recent Fayetteville 25K Futures event to earn himself a new career-high ATP singles ranking this week. The 2019 ITA All-American has amassed an 82-26 overall singles record in his first three seasons for the Fighting Illini, including a dominant 23-2 mark in Big-10 play. Finishing his junior season at the #1 singles and doubles spots for his squad, Kova ended his breakout year with a semifinal appearance at the NCAA Singles Tournament.

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Bradley Klahn (USA)
Age: 29
Residence: Los Angeles, California
Current ATP singles ranking: 105
Career-high ATP singles ranking: 63 (March 2014)

Former Stanford University Bradley Klahn returns to the Knoxville Challenger for the fourth time, including three consecutive appearances, with his best finish coming in 2017 as a semi-finalist. The 2010 NCAA singles champion has earned three top-50 wins in his career and has also won 16 challenger titles with 8 apiece in singles and doubles. The lefty was sidelined after back surgery for 21 months during the 2015 and 2016 seasons but made a triumphant return and broke into the top-100 once again towards the end of his 2018 season.


Timo Stodder (GER)
Age: 23
Residence: Knoxville, Tennessee
Current ATP doubles ranking: #695
Highest ITA (college) doubles ranking: 5

Recent University of Tennessee alum Timo Stodder is competing at the Knoxville Challenger for the fifth con-secutive year, with the Berlin, Germany native picking up a win last year in doubles with teammate Preston Touliatos. The three-time ITA All-American amassed career records of 97-51 in singles and 75-43 in doubles, finishing his career at the #1 singles and doubles spots for the Vols. Graduating and earning his degree next month, Stodder has put together impressive results during his limited time on tour so far, amassing a 7-3 record in doubles and a 7-4 record in singles the past four months.

Preston Touliatos (USA)
Age: 24
Residence: Knoxville, Tennessee
Current ATP doubles ranking: #579 (career-high)
Highest ITA (college) doubles ranking: 5

Recent University of Tennessee alum Preston Touliatos is competing at the Knoxville Challenger for the fourth time, picking up a win last year in doubles with teammate Timo Stodder. Arriving in college as a three-star recruit, the Birmingham, Alabama native developed into a two-time ITA All-American and amassed career records of 74-57 in singles and 81-47 in doubles. Since graduating in May, Touliatos holds a record of 14-11 in doubles on the pro tour, highlighted by a run to the final of the 25K Futures event in Houston.

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Nathan Pasha (USA)
Age: 27
Residence: Atlanta, Georgia
Current ATP doubles ranking: 146
Career-high ATP doubles ranking: 119 (Dec 2018)

Former University of Georgia All-American Nathan Pasha returns to the Knoxville Challenger for the second consecutive year and will look to win his third career challenger title in doubles. With a title last year in Calgary and another one this year in Monterrey, the Atlanta native’s other 2019 highlights include runner-up finishes at challengers in Las Vegas, Columbus, and Aptos.

Max Schnur (USA)
Age: 26
Residence: New York, New York
Current ATP doubles ranking: 187
Career-high ATP doubles ranking: 95 (Feb 2017)

Former Columbia University standout Max Schnur returned to action in July after being sidelined for a year as a result of shoulder surgery. Since coming back on tour, the former four-time All-Ivy League selection has made finals at challengers in Aptos, Columbus, and Las Vegas. Schnur has won five doubles titles on the challenger tour and made his debut at a major in 2017 at Wimbledon, after he won two matches to qualify into the main draw.

 

November 7, 2019

Tommy Paul (USA)
Age: 22
Residence: Greenville, North Carolina
Current ATP singles ranking: 90
Career-high ATP singles ranking: 79 (October 2019)

2015 Roland Garros boys’ champion Tommy Paul broke into the top-100 of the ATP singles rankings for the first time two months ago and has had a standout 2019 season that includes challenger titles in Sarasota, New Haven, and Tiburon. The former world number three junior also won a singles title at the Charlottesville Challenger last year as a lucky loser, in addition to winning doubles titles at challengers in Playford and Columbus. Other highlights include back-to-back quarterfinal showings in 2017 at tour-level events in Atlanta and Washington. The American won a couple qualifying matches to advance to the main draw at tour-level tournaments this year in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Montreal, and Stockholm.

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Vasek Pospisil (CAN)
Age: 29
Residence: Freeport, Bahamas
Current ATP singles ranking: 153
Career-high ATP singles ranking: 25 (Jan 2014)

2014 Wimbledon men’s doubles champion Vasek Pospisil arrived in Knoxville coming off back-to-back titles at challengers in Las Vegas and Charlottesville, and he also earned four wins to reach the round of 16 at the Shanghai Masters. After injuring his back last October, Pospisil underwent back surgery in January, and as a result did not begin his 2019 season until Wimbledon in July. Seeing his ranking dip last month to just inside the top-250, the Canadian has quickly ascended back up the rankings and will look to re-enter the top-100 of the ATP singles rankings for the first time since February. Pospisil has won six total tour-level titles in doubles with the other five coming in Atlanta, Basel, Indian Wells, Beijing, and Rotterdam.


Sekou Bangoura (USA)
Age: 27
Residence: Bradenton, Florida
Current ATP doubles ranking: 234
Career-high ATP doubles ranking: 147 (Nov 2016)

Former University of Florida All-American Sekou Bangoura is back at the Knoxville Challenger for the sixth year, with his best finish coming in 2015 as a runner-up in doubles. Having already won 18 doubles titles at the Futures level, Bangoura won his first title at the challenger level two months ago in Cary. Other 2019 highlights include a singles title at the 15K Futures event in Naples, as well as doubles titles at 25K events in Calabasas and Norman.

Michael Mmoh (USA)
Age: 21
Residence: Bradenton, Florida
Current ATP singles ranking: 294
Career-high ATP singles ranking: 96 (Oct 2018)

Former world number two junior Michael Mmoh enjoyed a breakout 2018 season in which he won challenger titles in Columbus and Tiburon, reached the quarterfinals of tour-level events in Brisbane and Cabo San Lucas, and topped it off by making his debut in the top-100 of the ATP singles rankings. Mmoh also earned victories last year over #15 Roberto Bautista Agut and #33 Mischa Zverev. 2019 highlights include a doubles title at the Cary Challenger, as well as a runner-up finish in singles the same week.

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Andrea Vavassori (ITA)
Age: 24
Residence: Pinerolo, Italy
Current ATP doubles ranking: 133
Career-high ATP doubles ranking: 115 (July 2018)

Making his debut at the Knoxville Challenger, Andrea Vavassori is coming off a runner-up finish in doubles at the challenger in Brest, France. The Italian has won five doubles titles at the challenger level for three con-secutive years, with one apiece in 2017 and 2019, as well as three more in 2018. Other 2019 highlights include runner-up finishes in doubles at challengers in Orlando, Milan, Recanti, and L’Aquila.

Luca Margaroli (SUI)
Age: 27
Residence: Ponte Capriasca, Switzerland
Current ATP doubles ranking: 144
Career-high ATP doubles ranking: 128 (May 2019)

Competing in a tournament outside Europe and Asia for the first time this year, Luca Margaroli has maintained his place in the top-200 of the ATP doubles rankings for over three years. The Swiss native has won four total doubles titles at the challenger level in his career, with two coming in 2016 and the other two earlier this year in Ostrava, Czech Republic and Florence, Italy. Margaroli made his Davis Cup debut for Switzerland in 2017 and has participated in three ties for his home country.

 

November 8, 2019

Tommy Paul (USA)
Age: 22
Residence: Greenville, North Carolina
Current ATP singles ranking: 90
Career-high ATP singles ranking: 79 (October 2019)

2015 Roland Garros boys’ champion Tommy Paul broke into the top-100 of the ATP singles rankings for the first time two months ago and has had a standout 2019 season that includes challenger titles in Sarasota, New Haven, and Tiburon. The former world number three junior also won a singles title at the Charlottesville Challenger last year as a lucky loser, in addition to winning doubles titles at challengers in Playford and Columbus. Other highlights include back-to-back quarterfinal showings in 2017 at tour-level events in Atlanta and Washington. The American won a couple qualifying matches to advance to the main draw at tour-level tournaments this year in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Montreal, and Stockholm.

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Blaž Rola (SLO)
Age: 29
Residence: Ptuj, Slovenia
Current ATP singles ranking: 139
Career-high ATP singles ranking: 78 (Jan 2015)

Former Ohio State All-American Blaž Rola has had a resurgent 2019 season, advancing to the quarterfinals of nine different tournaments at the challenger level, including a title in León, Mexico back in April. The 2013 NCAA singles champ arrives in Knoxville having just won the doubles title last week at the Charlottesville Challenger. Overall, the lefty has won ten titles on the challenger tour, with four coming in singles and another six in doubles.


Hans Hach Verdugo (MEX)
Age: 29
Residence: Dallas, Texas
Current ATP doubles ranking: 136
Career-high ATP doubles ranking: 125 (Sept 2019)

After a standout career at Abilene Christian University, Hans Hach Verdugo has achieved great success in doubles, winning a title every year from 2014-2018. Along with winning an impressive 19 doubles titles at the Futures Level, the three-time Lone Star Conference Player of the Year won his first doubles title at the challenger level last year in Tiburon. Hach Verdugo’s 2019 highlights include runner-up finishes at challengers in Gatineau, Columbus, and Zhangjiagang.

Adrián Menéndez Maceiras (ESP)
Age: 34
Residence: Marbella, Spain
Current ATP doubles ranking: #351
Career-high ATP doubles ranking: 104 (March 2012)

Finishing in the top-300 of the ATP year-end singles rankings for an impressive 12 straight seasons, Adrián Menéndez Maceiras is making his debut at the Knoxville Challenger this year. The Spaniard earned his best result at a major at the 2017 US Open, qualifying into the main draw and reaching the second round before falling to former world number three Juan Martín del Potro. Menéndez Maceiras has won a total of 14 titles at the challenger level, with 10 coming in doubles and another 4 in singles.

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Andrea Vavassori (ITA)
Age: 24
Residence: Pinerolo, Italy
Current ATP doubles ranking: 133
Career-high ATP doubles ranking: 115 (July 2018)

Making his debut at the Knoxville Challenger, Andrea Vavassori is coming off a runner-up finish in doubles at the challenger in Brest, France. The Italian has won five doubles titles at the challenger level for three con-secutive years, with one apiece in 2017 and 2019, as well as three more in 2018. Other 2019 highlights include runner-up finishes in doubles at challengers in Orlando, Milan, Recanti, and L’Aquila.

Luca Margaroli (SUI)
Age: 27
Residence: Ponte Capriasca, Switzerland
Current ATP doubles ranking: 144
Career-high ATP doubles ranking: 128 (May 2019)

Competing in a tournament outside Europe and Asia for the first time this year, Luca Margaroli has maintained his place in the top-200 of the ATP doubles rankings for over three years. The Swiss native has won four total doubles titles at the challenger level in his career, with two coming in 2016 and the other two earlier this year in Ostrava, Czech Republic and Florence, Italy. Margaroli made his Davis Cup debut for Switzerland in 2017 and has participated in three ties for his home country.