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Wildcards Dominate Day One of Qualifying

Qualifying Play for the Singles Main Draw Continues Until Tuesday July 17

The Old Capitol Futures has concluded its first day of qualifying play after completing 32 matches. After starting late with a rain delay, players began match play at 12:30pm. Wildcards Tyler Cleveland (pictured), Josh Silverstein, Alex Brown, and Josh Pudlo all advanced to the second round of qualifying after their victories today.

The Old Capitol Futures is a USTA Pro Circuit event and part of a summer long tour which will feature thousands of players from across the globe. Players competing here in Iowa City next week will rank up to 300 in the world, all vying for $25,000 in total prize money. This professional tennis event will be the first of its kind held in Iowa since 1986.

Tyler Cleveland was the first wildcard to advance this afternoon with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Jack Pulliam. Cleveland is a former Hawkeye and inductee into the Iowa Hall of Fame class of 2016. He still holds the school record for career wins at 103. He won Big Ten Player of the Year (2000, 2001) and Big Ten Athlete of the Year (2000) during his career at Iowa.

Josh Silverstein was the next victor representing the Hawkeyes with a 7-6, (6), and 6-2 victory over Ben Vandixhorn. Silverstein played for the Hawkeyes from 2014-2018 and is tied eighth in program history with 117 combined doubles and singles wins. Also a member of The Old Capitol Futures intern team, Silverstein has had a hand in the setup and execution of the tournament aside from his qualifying matches.

The third wildcard entry to finish was Cedar Rapids native Alex Brown with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Kyle Seeling. Brown is a sophomore-to-be at the University of Illinois and has an overall record of 26-14 for the Fighting Illini. Brown finished his freshman year with a 2018 First Team All-Big Ten honors and the 2018 Player to Watch award.

For more information, visit oldcapitolfutures.com

ABOUT THE USTA PRO CIRCUIT: With more than 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $15,000 to $125,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 39 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering more than $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, John Isner, Sloane Stephens, Kei Nishikori, Victoria Azarenka, and Sam Querrey and are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit. Follow the USTA Pro Circuit at #USTAProCircuit and www. Procircuit.usta.com.

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