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Sam Mkrtyechev won his first match in the Palm Coast Tennis Center’s wildcard event. PHOTOS BY SHANNA FORTIER
Palm Coast Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 8 years ago

Palm Coast hosts USTA Men's tournament

by: Shanna Fortier Associate Editor

The Men’s Futures U.S. Tennis Association Tournament is back in Palm Coast.

Play started Tuesday, Jan. 25, with the Wild Card Challenge and will continue until Sunday, Feb. 6, with the Main Draw Championships.

Twenty-one young players competed Tuesday, Jan. 25, for a spot in the qualifying rounds, including local independent teaching professional Roman Branapovskiy and Matanzas High School senior Sam Mkrtyechev.

The finals rounds of the wildcard event will begin around 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Tennis Center.
Qualifying rounds, featuring more than 180 professional players, will begin Friday, Jan. 28, and will continue through Monday, Jan. 31. There is no entry fee for qualifying rounds.

The main draw for the Men’s Futures Championship will be held Tuesday, Feb. 1 to Sunday, Feb. 6.
Cost of admission is $5, with free admission through Thursday, Feb. 3.

Meet the players
There will be several opportunities for the public to meet the players. The first will be 3:30-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan 30.

Children ages 6 to 14 are invited for time on the court with tennis starts from all over the world. They will have the chance to hit balls with the certified tennis pros.

The second opportunity will be a meet-and-greet at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, at Houligans Sports Bar, 50 Plaza Drive, Suite 106.

The final chance to hang with the pros will be 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, when the public is invited to play doubles matches with the pros at the Palm Coast Tennis Center.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Tennis.

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Contact Shanna Fortier at [email protected].

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