Nov. 7, 2012
Former Vol Tennys Sandgren upset top-seeded Jesse Levine to open the first round at the Knoxville Challenger on Tuesday evening at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.
In front of the home crowds and playing on his familiar court No. 3, Sandgren beat the defending champion 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3.
There were only two breaks of serve in the whole match, with Levine breaking Sandgren in the second set and Sandgren returning the favor in the third.
Levine, ranked No. 85, has lost in the first round of back-to-back Challengers as the No. 1 seed. It was Sandgren's first win over a player currently in the ATP top 100. Sandgren entered the week at No. 256 and has no points to defend the rest of the year.
In other Tennessee matches on opening day, junior Jarryd Chaplin and sophomore Hunter Reese lost 6-3, 6-4 to Bradley Klahn and Denis Kudla in opening-round doubles. Former Vol John-Patrick Smith and John Peers, seeded No. 1 in doubles, lost nine consecutive games in a 6-3, 6-0 loss to Mischa Zverev and Alex Kuznetsov.
Adam Hubble, predominately a doubles player, lost 6-3, 6-1 to Daniel King-Turner of New Zealand in the final round of qualifying.
Two current Vols Chaplin and sophomore Brandon Fickey picked up tournament wild cards and played day matches in singles. Chaplin lost 6-2, 6-4 to Adrien Bossel in the first match of the morning.
Smith faces Klahn in singles, not before 5:30 p.m. on court 3. Adam Hubble follows with his doubles match with teammate Andrei Daescu, former standout at Oklahoma. They take on wild cards Jeff Dadamo and Nick Meister.
Rhyne Williams, originally scheduled to play Tuesday, faces qualifier Austin Krajicek in the final match of the evening.
Williams' and Fickey's matches will be broadcast at http://www.usta.com/Pro-Tennis/Pro-Circuit/pro_circuit_live/