Rhyne Williams' bid for a third career professional title was cut short Sunday at the Palm Coast Futures in Florida. Playing in his fifth ITF Futures final, Williams lost 6-2, 6-3 to rising Australian prospect Jason Kubler.
Williams now heads to Texas, where he has been given a USTA main draw wild card into the YP Challenger of Dallas, a $100,000 event. He will face a familiar foe in the first round: American veteran and 2005 U.S. Open semifinalist Robby Ginepri.
Williams has faced Ginepri twice before. Williams defeated him in a Challenger in California last summer, but Ginepri won the most recent meeting, beating Williams 7-5, 6-2 in the semifinals of the USTA Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs in December.
Former Vol Tennys Sandgren was in the qualifying of the Dallas Challenger but lost 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 to Kevin Kim on Sunday in the second round.
In Australia: Coming off their first Challenger title at the Burnie International, former four-time All-American John-Patrick Smith and Baylor standout John Peers picked up where they left off by winning their first doubles match Monday to start the Caloundra International.
With a break in both sets, Smith and Peers beat Sam Groth and Adam Feeney 6-3, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals. Former Vol Adam Hubble also won his opening doubles match with Erik Cvojka. They earned a 6-4, 6-3 victory over alternates Gero Kretschmer and Nick Lindahl.
Smith faces former Arkansas All-American Blake Strode to start singles on Tuesday.