BERKELEY – California’s top singles player will represent the Golden Bears on Cal Day at the Napa Valley Challenger on Tuesday, Sept. 24, as senior Ben McLachlan takes on Alex Kuznetsov - the 130th-ranked player in the world - in the main draw of the 32-player singles tournament.
Ranked 27th in the ITA preseason poll, McLachlan and the fourth-seeded Kuznetsov will play on center court at the Napa Valley Country Club in Napa, Calif. The match will be the fourth of the day on that court and will start at approximately 2:30 p.m. The tournament ends on Sunday, Sept. 29.
A Ukrainian-American who was born in Kiev, Kuznetsov, 26, turned professional in 2004. He recently played in the doubles draw and in the qualifying singles draw at the U.S. Open.
“We’re really excited for Ben to have the opportunity to play in the Napa Valley Challenger,” Cal head coach Peter Wright said. “This special wild-card entry Ben has received is an acknowledgement of his outstanding play over the last three years at Cal. They’re having Cal Day at the Napa Valley Challenger on Tuesday, and that’s really exciting for us as well.”
McLachlan is coming off a strong junior season in which he compiled a 19-18 record, competed in the NCAA Tournament and finished with a No. 44 ITA ranking.
A talented doubles player as well, the duo of McLachlan and sophomore Mads Engsted claimed an ITA preseason ranking of 41st this year.
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