Terrific Tuesday Features Isner, Mahut, Haas, Karlovic and Harrison
July 5, 2011--- First round action continues on Tuesday at the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships with 10 matches on the order of play, including an action-packed schedule on Center Court. Leading the way is top seed John Isner, a wild card entry who is making his third appearance in Newport (2007-08).
In the first match of the day, 18-year-old American wild card Denis Kudla makes his second straight Newport appearance against big-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic. Kudla, who is the youngest player in the draw, won his first career ATP World Tour match here last year, losing to countryman Ryan Harrison in the second round. Kudla is playing in his first ATP singles main draw of the year. Karlovic, a three-time aces leader (2007-09) on the ATP World Tour, is making his first showing in Newport in five years. Karlovic is slowly coming back from an Achilles injury which sidelined him for six months in 2010. He comes in with an 11-15 match record and No. 127 ranking.
In the second match, Isner takes on top Slovakian Karol Beck for the first time. Isner, who is the top seed in an ATP World Tour tournament for the first time in his career, is ranked No. 46 and he’s looking to jumpstart his summer. His best results are a pair of quarter-finals in Auckland in January and Houston in April. One year ago Isner defeated Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set in the first round at Wimbledon in the longest match (11:05) in the history of tennis. Afterwards, he reached a personal-best No. 18 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings. Beck is ranked No. 102 and he’s coming off a third round showing at Wimbledon.
In the third match, 19-year-old American Ryan Harrison who broke through to reach his first ATP World Tour quarter-final here last year, plays the oldest player in the tournament, 33-year-old Frenchman Arnaud Clement for the first time. Harrison is ranked a career-best No. 101 this week and he’s the highest youngest-ranked American on the ATP World Tour. He reached the second round at Wimbledon, falling to World No. 6 David Ferrer in five sets. Clement made his previous appearance in Newport two years ago, losing in the first round.
In the final match, Germans Michael Berrer, the No. 7 seed, and former World No. 2 Tommy Haas, square off for the first time. Berrer’s previous visit here was four years ago when he lost in the second round. The left-hander from Stuttgart has a 12-12 match record on the season and his best result was a runner-up in Zagreb in February (l. to Dodig). Haas is making his Newport debut and the 33-year-old German is looking for his first ATP World Tour match win (0-3) of the season. Haas underwent right hip (Feb. 21) and right elbow surgery (Mar. 23) last year before returning at Roland Garros. He is a 12-time winner on the ATP World Tour.
On Court 1, Mahut , who reached the final here in 2007, takes on Argentine Sebastian Decoud for the first time. No. 3 seed Igor Kunitsyn of Russia and No. 4 Ryan Sweeting of the U.S. are also in action.