No. 6 seed Mannarino advances at Newport
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) Sixth-seeded Adrian Mannarino of France rallied past James Duckworth of Australia, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) to advance to the second round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old Mannarino was the only seeded player in action and voiced his displeasure over playing on a side court and the condition of Newport's grass surface. He says the court is ''just ridiculously bad.''
Qualifier Frank Dancevic of Canada beat American Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-4 on center court in a match that ended a few minutes after Mannarino's victory.
The tourney is held on the grounds of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Also Tuesday, wild card Stefan Kozlov beat Benjamin Becker, 6-1, 6-2; qualifier Brian Baker outlasted fellow American Austin Krajicek, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2; and John-Patrick Smith ousted Jordan Thompson, 6-4, 6-4.