Monteiro, Kudla Begin Orlando Open Title Bid

Thiago Monteiro

Orlando, November 18, 2020 (USTA Press Release)

The Orlando Open Presented by Nemours, a USTA Pro Circuit ATP 80 event, concluded the singles first round on Tuesday at the USTA National Campus.

Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro, the tournament’s top seed, as well as second-seeded US-American Denis Kudla, fresh off his ATP Challenger Tour title last week in Cary, N.C., both advanced with straight-sets victories.

Kudla was one of six US-Americans who advanced on Tuesday, including No. 8 seed Mackenzie McDonald, an Orlando resident who trains at the USTA National Campus. Bjorn Fratangelo and lucky loser Nick Chappell each scored upsets, knocking off No. 3 seed Daniel Elahi Galan of Colombia and India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan, respectively. Brandon Nakashima and qualifier Alexander Ritschard also advanced.

No. 4 seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran of India and Sweden’s Elias Ymer rounded out Tuesday’s singles winners.

The doubles draw also got underway Tuesday with one match after two other scheduled matches resulted in walkovers. Play continues Wednesday with the start of the singles second round and the conclusion of the first round of the doubles draw.

Tuesday, November 17 – Results

Singles Main Draw – First Round

(1) Thiago Monteiro (BRA) def. (Q) Stefan Kozlov (USA) 6-1, 6-3

(2) Denis Kudla (USA) def. (LL) Kevin King (USA) 6-4, 6-3

Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) def. (3) Daniel Elahi Galan (COL) 6-3, 6-3

(4) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) def. (LL) Sadio Doumbia (FRA) 6-3, 7-5

(LL) Nick Chappell (USA) def. (7) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) 6-3, 6-4

(8) Mackenzie McDonald (USA) def. Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) 6-2, 6-1

Brandon Nakashima (USA) def. Roberto Cid Subervi (DOM) 6-1, 6-3

Elias Ymer (SWE) def. Chun-Hsin Tseng (TPE) 7-5, 7-6(3)

(Q) Alexander Ritschard (USA) def. Ulises Blanch (USA) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles Main Draw – First Round

Peter Polansky (CAN) / Dmitry Popko (KAZ) def. Christopher Eubanks (USA) / Brandon Nakashima (USA) 3-6, 6-2, [10-6]

Treat Huey (PHI) / Martin Redlicki (USA) def. Aziz Dougaz (TUN) / Mohamed Safwat (EGY) walkover

(Alt) Chun-Hsin Tseng (TPE) / Tung-Lin Wu (TPE)def. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (USA) / Alexander Ritschard (USA) walkover