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Top seed Polansky through to Main draw, Becker pulls out

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Sunday at the Memphis open it was the 2nd and final round of qualifying matches. With 4 matches and 8 players fighting for 4 spots in the draw it was a great day of tennis on a rainy day in Memphis.

        The day of action started off with a shock as Benjamin Becker pulled out of his match vs Tim Smyczek with a neck injury. Peter Polansky was the 2nd player qualified for the main draw as he cruised past Matthew Barton 6-2, 6-1. After the match the Canadian was happy with the result “ it feels good to qualify for the 1st time this year after qualifying last year in Indian Wells happy to be in the main draw playing on these courts looking forward to my next match’. In other action Matthew Ebden got past local boy Brian Baker 6-2,6-4 and Darian King went through after Tatsuma Ito retired in the second set. King was up 6-1, 3-0 when Ito pulled out of the match.

        Main draw action begins on Monday with some great matches to get the tournament rolling as Kevin Anderson looks to start 2017 on a high as he faces Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia. Day 1 of main draw also features 3 Americans as Donald Young plays Adrian Mannarino of France and we have the all American battle between Reilly Opelka and Jared Donaldson. Stay tuned for more recaps and updates from the city of Rock and Roll.


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