IOWA CITY, June 30th, 2018 – After the tournament entry deadline, the Old Capitol Futures field shows promising talent that will compete on the week of July 14th for $25,000 in total prize money. Among the top seeds, there are a variety of countries being represented including the United States, Russia, England, France, and more.
Old Capitol Futures is the first professional tennis event to be held in Iowa since 1986. Players will compete to qualify for the 32-player main draw from July 14-16, with main draw play starting July 17. Singles finals will conclude the tournament on July 22.
Top seed Evgeny Karlovsky of Russia leads the field with a world ranking of 355. Since beginning his professional career, Karlovsky has a singles record of 150-97. His career doubles record is also an impressive 102-66. After winning his first doubles title in a Croatia Futures in 2014, Evgeny has gone to climb the world singles and doubles ranking quickly. He currently sits at 410 in the world in doubles ranking, his second highest rank to date. His 2017 singles ranking was 319, showcasing 2017 as his best year to date with 3 singles futures titles and 2 doubles futures titles. All directly admitted main draw players are among the top 1000 players in the world.
Following Karlovsky are Tom Farquharson of Great Britain, Collin Altamirano of the United States, Sebastien Boltz of France, and Petros Chrysochos of Cyprus. These are all players to watch, as the field will heat up quickly once main draw is determined on July 16th following qualifying matches. One player to keep an eye on is Petros Chrysochos. After starting tennis at the age of 8, Petros has gone on to win 4 futures titles since 2014, his last of which was in the United States. His world ranking currently sits at 537, his second highest rank to date. Chrysochos’ career singles record is 65-34. His first ever career doubles futures victory came in 2015 in Cyprus with partner Serdarusic. The pair went on to win another Cyprus doubles futures title later that year.
Of the field, 17 players are ranked among the top 1000 in the world rankings with lower ranked qualifying players vying for the remaining 8 main draw slots. Addionally, 4 main draw wildcards will be awarded to players of the tournament’s choosing.