Stevie Johnson will headline the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger discipline this month.
World No. 83 Johnson will headline a discipline anticipated to incorporate compatriots Jack Sock, Donald Younger and Christian Harrison in addition to Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci on clay for the 2021 Tallahassee Tennis Challenger, a USTA Professional Circuit & ATP Challenger 80 occasion hosted on the Forestmeadows Athletic Heart, April 19-Twenty fifth.
The professional circuit returns to Tallahassee after a one-year absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 occasion will comply with strict COVID-19 protocols to make sure a secure and wholesome occasion for gamers, workers and volunteers.
No spectators shall be allowed on the grounds, however all matches shall be live streamed here.
The event is the third USTA Professional Circuit males’s Challenger occasion of the 2021 season and is held on clay courts to assist develop gamers on the floor main as much as the French Open.
There are 11 USTA Professional Circuit males’s occasions (ITF World Tennis Tour occasions and Challengers mixed) at the moment scheduled to happen within the USTA Florida Part in 2021.
Former USC all-American Johnson is the highest-ranked of the 23 males who obtained direct acceptance into the 32-player foremost draw. Sixteen gamers will compete within the qualifying event April 18-Nineteenth, for 4 different berths.The USTA can even award wild card entries to finish the sphere.
The 31-year-old Johnson has been ranked as excessive as No. 21 on the earth and has claimed 4 ATP Tour singles titles all through his profession. The latest one got here on the 2018 Corridor of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, Rhode Island. He has additionally scored 4 wins over High-10 gamers throughout his profession. Johnson most not too long ago competed within the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger foremost attract 2013 the place he was defeated by Christian Harrison in Spherical 1.
Johnson is an achieved doubles participant, profitable a bronze medal on the 2016 Olympic Video games in Rio de Janeiro with Jack Sock. He has additionally claimed one ATP Tour doubles title and reached the semifinals of the US Open.
Becoming a member of Johnson in the principle draw is 2013 singles champion Denis Kudla, 20-year-old American prospect Jenson Brooksby, 2009 Wimbledon quarter-finalist Ivo Karlovic, 2021 Cordoba Open champion Juan Manuel Cerundolo and 2020 Chile Open champion Thiago Seyboth Wild.
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