Former Memphis event kicks off on Long Island
2/13/2018 8:42:03 AM EST
Ryan Harrison began an unusual title defense with a win Monday.
The sixth-seeded Harrison earned a 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory over fellow American Donald Young in the first round of the New York Open at Uniondale, N.Y.
When the indoor hardcourt event was contested last year, it was known as the Memphis Open. That was the last edition of the tournament held in southwest Tennessee, where it had been played annually since 1975.
Harrison emerged with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili in the 2017 final at Memphis, his only career ATP Tour championship.
Basilashvili also was in action Monday at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Seeded eighth this year, he fell to Israel's Dudi Sela 6-4, 6-4.
In other first-round action, Crotia's Ivo Karlovic downed American Jared Donaldson 6-4, 7-6 (4). Karlovic served 20 aces while hitting just one double fault. Donaldson had eight aces and two double faults.
Karlovic never faced a break point while Donaldson scrambled to save five of six break points.
Concluding the opening-day action, 17-year-old Sebastian Korda lost 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to Frances Tiafoe.
Korda, a Floridian ranked 873rd in the world, captured the Australian Open junior singles title last month. He received a wild-card entry into the New York Open.
The son of two former tennis pros, 1998 Australian Open champion Petr Korda and Regina Rajchtova, Sebastian Korda has two sisters who are pro golfers, Jessica, a four-time winner on the LPGA Tour, and Nelly, a 2017 LPGA rookie.
--Field Level Media