(September 24, 2013) Monday marked the beginning of the main draw at the Napa Valley Challenger, a USTA pro circuit tennis tournament in Napa, California.
Players are competing for $50,000 in total prize money and 80 ATP points to the winner – there’s a lot to gain. Tim Smyczek (USA) the tournament’s No. 2 seed won against Vijayant Malik (IND) 6-2, 6-2 on Monday afternoon. Smyczek will face Daniel Cox in the second round. When asked about Monday’s game Smyczek said, “When I got on the court I felt a little flat, it took four or five games to dig my teeth into the match and I got into a rhythm. I’m really happy with the way I played, especially the second set – I’m looking forward to Wednesday.”
The experience for players so far in the Valley has been positive. “It’s the second time I’ve been here and it’s quickly becoming my favorite place to play. It’s pretty ideal too, not much wind. I’m really happy to be here.”
When asked what Smyczek would do to prepare for his next tournament match he said, “I’ve never played Cox before, not sure what to expect but I’ll go out and play my game and focus on the things I can take care of, I’m confident right now and I’m going to carry it forward.”
Daniel Cox commented on his opponent, “I’ve seen him a little bit, he’s experienced at his level, it’s going to be a tough match. I’m going to try to play well and do my best.” Recovering from wrist surgery last August, Cox is returning to the game from eight months off and is feeling good, “It’s still not perfect, but I’m managing it well and able to play,” said Cox.
The tournament runs through Sunday, September 29th. For more detailed information visit NapaValleyChallenger.com.
RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 23, 2013
Singles – First Round
 D Kudla (USA) d E Corrie (GBR) 60 62
 [WC] T Smyczek (USA) d V Malik (IND) 62 62
 R Williams (USA) d [WC] C Altamirano (USA) 62 62
M Venus (NZL) d  S Johnson (USA) 76(4) 64
D Cox (GBR) d B Mitchell (AUS) 76(2) 61
Doubles – First Round
A Kuznetsov (USA) / P Polansky (CAN) d  D Molchanov (UKR) / M Reid (AUS) 46 64 10-5
B Reynolds (USA) / J Smith (AUS) d S Caruso (ITA) / D Kutrovsky (BUL) 61 36 10-5
M Arevalo (ESA) / N Barrientos (COL) d G Ouellette (USA) / J Witten (USA) 76(5) 75
Qualifying Singles – Third Round
Qualifying - T Kokkinakis (AUS) d J Milton (GBR) 63 64
Qualifying – J Witten (USA) d [WC] K Harbatsiuk (BLR) 64 61
Qualifying – D Kutrovsky (BUL) d A Blumenberg (BRA) 62 63
Qualifying – G Ouellette (USA) d M Santiago (USA) 61 63