Two Cavaliers Competing in Charlottesville Futures Qualifying
June 5, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia men’s tennis redshirt junior Harrison Richmond (Pawley’s Island, S.C.) and freshman Aswin Lizen (Douglas, Isle of Man) competed in qualifying for the second-annual Charlottesville Futures, a $25,000 ITF Men’s Pro Circuit tournament, being held at the Snyder Tennis Center from June 4-12.
Richmond and Lizen are among 64 players competing to secure the eight available spots in the singles main draw. Qualifying begins on Saturday and continues on Sunday with the qualifying finals to be contested on Monday (June 6). The main draw first-round matches will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 7-8.
Lizen, who joined the UVA program in January but redshirted this season, was the No. 6 seed in the qualifying tournament and earned a first round bye. Lizen downed David Hopkins 6-2, 7-6 (6) on Sunday in the second round. Lizen fell 7-6 (3), 6-0 to Dragos Constantine Ignat in the qualifying final.
Richmond downed Miguel Alda 6-2, 7-5 in the first round but fell 6-3, 6-3 to Hendrik Jebens on Sunday in the second round.
Several other Cavaliers are expected to earn wild card entries into next week’s main draw. Additionally, sophomore Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.) qualified for the main draw by virtue of his current ATP ranking. Final participants and match-ups for singles as well as the doubles tournament will be announced Monday evening.
The $25K Charlottesville Futures is an ITF Men’s Circuit professional tennis tournament featuring some of the rising stars of the tennis world all looking to increase their ATP points and improve their world rankings while battling for a share of the prize money. The ITF Men’s Circuit offers 600+ tournaments spanning 77 countries that enable players to eventually reach the higher-level tournaments on the ATP World Tour.
Twenty players, including Weirsholm, have prequalified for the singles main draw based on ATP rankings, including three top-300 players eight who are inside of the world top-400. The doubles draw will consist of 12 teams.