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 Middle, April 19-Twenty fifth.
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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, employees and volunteers.
No spectators can be allowed on the grounds, however all matches can be stay streamed right 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 present 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 important draw. Sixteen gamers will compete within the qualifying event April 18-Nineteenth, for 4 different berths.The USTA will even award wild card entries to finish the sector.
The 31-year-old Johnson has been ranked as excessive as No. 21 on the planet and has claimed 4 ATP Tour singles titles all through his profession. The newest 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 lately competed within the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger important attract 2013 the place he was defeated by Christian Harrison in Spherical 1.
Johnson is an completed 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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