Smith Returns to Tulsa for Challenger
After spending much of August at home in Australia, four-time All-American John-Patrick Smith
has returned to the United States to resume play on the USTA Pro Circuit.
His first stop on his tour starts Monday at the USTA Challenger of Oklahoma, where he will be joined by doubles partner Ben Rogers. Smith received a wild card into both singles and doubles for the hard court tournament at Philcrest Hills Tennis Club in Tulsa, Okla.
Smith begins singles play Monday against American Adam El Mihdawy, who is currently ranked No. 359. El Mihdawy lost in the quarterfinals of the Donalda Club Futures to former Vol Tennys Sandgren last week.
Smith and Rogers, who won two Futures titles and reached the semifinals of another in July, drew second-seeded Luis Diaz-Barriga of Mexico and Chris Eaton of Great Britain.
Tulsa has been the site of some of Smith's most impressive individual performances as both a college and professional player. In 2009, he won the singles and doubles titles of the ITA All-American Championships at the University of Tulsa's courts. Two months ago, he won his professional singles title and took the doubles title as well with Rogers.
Sandgren, Williams Take on Canada: Fellow Tennessee natives Sandgren and Rhyne Williams are playing again this week in Canada with the Tevlin Family Futures in Toronto.
Sandgren picked up where he left off on the Futures Tour. After winning back-to-back Futures titles this summer, Sandgren reached the semifinals of last week's tournament, the Donalda Club Futures, upsetting top-seeded Mihdawy in three sets before losing to fifth-seeded Jordan Cox.
This week, Tennys Sandgren is seeded seventh and plays Ohio State qualifier Peter Kobelt. Williams plays eighth-seeded American Dennis Zivkovic.
Sandgren and Williams, who were 20-4 together in the Vols' lineup last year, are teaming up for doubles, where they will start out against American duo Mark Oljaca and Phillip Simmonds.
Another former Vol from Australia, Adam Hubble
, is making his return to the professional hard courts after missing nearly a year recovering from injury.
Hubble is in the final qualifying round of the Pomona Vally Hospital Medical Center USTA Pro Circuit Event in Claremont, Calif. He faces Maxime Tabatruong of France on Monday for a spot in the main singles draw.