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ON TOUR: Smith, Rogers Advance in California

Former Vols John-Patrick Smith and Ben Rogers won their opening match Monday at the USTA Futures of Laguna Niguel (Calif.), beating former Sacramento State standout Kiryl Harbatsiuk and Boris Nicola Bakalov 6-4, 7-6 (4). 

Smith and Rogers, seeded third, have a day off in doubles before returning Thursday to play Chris Kearney and Sahr Timothy Kpulun. The Vols duo is the highest-seeded team remaining in the tournaments field.

Another former Vol, Adam Hubble, lost his opening doubles match Monday with partner Daniel Cox of Great Britain. They fell in a third-set super tiebreaker to former Virginia players Sanam Singh and Lee Singer 6-4, 1-6, [12-10].

Smith starts singles play Wednesday against qualifier Rafael Davidian of Germany.

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