By Taylor Crosby
(April 30, 2015) Tallahassee – Three Americans highlight the singles semifinals at the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger, kicking off Friday at 3pm at Forestmeadows Tennis Complex.
It’s an all-American semifinal as 23-year-old Tennys Sandgren and 17-year-old Frances Tiafoe face off.
Sandgren, who was a doubles champion here in 2013, defeated No.3 seed Frank Dancevic, Argentina’s Renzo Olivo, and No.6 seed Bjorn Fratangelo this week in Tallahasse.
Tiafoe is through to his second consecutive Challenger semifinal. The young gun defeated No.1 seed Facundo Bagnis, former FSU No.1 Jean-Yves Aubone, and Ecuador’s Emilio Gomez en route.
Both men are vying to win the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge for a chance to play in the French Open.
18-year-old American Jared Donaldson continues his run for a maiden Tallahassee
Tennis Challenger title as he takes on Argentina’s Facundo Arguello in the semifinals.
Donaldson, who won his first Challenger tour title earlier this year in Maui, won three tough battles en route to the semis, defeating FSU’s No.1 Benjamin Lock in the first round, No.8 seed James McGee in the second, and France’s Vincent Millot in the third.
No.5 seed Facundo Arguello is through to his first semifinal in Tallahassee. The Argentine has qualified for three ATP main draw events this year. He beat three Americans to advance to the semis: Stefan Kozlov, Tommy Paul, and Mitchell Krueger.
The Indian duo of Somdev Devvarman and Sanam Singh booked their spot in the doubles final with a tough 7-6(10), 6-4 win over the Argentinian pair of Facundo Arguello and Andrea Collarini.
Devvarman/Singh are looking for their first Challenger doubles title together.
In 2013, the tournament made a switch from hard courts to Har-Tru green clay, making it the final stop of the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge and joining forces with other USTA Pro Circuit events in Sarasota and Savannah. In the Challenge, the American with the most rankings points in two of the three events earns the U.S. wild card into the French Open. Tiafoe leads the Wild Card Challenge Standings with 47 points. Donaldson follows with 33 and Sandgren has 7.
Results – Thursday, April 30
Tennys Sandgren (USA) d  Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) 6-2, 6-2
 Facundo Arguello (Argentina) d Mitchell Krueger (USA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Jared Donaldson (USA) d Vincent Millot (France) 6-4, 7-6(4)
Frances Tiafoe (USA) d Emilio Gomez (Ecuador) 6-1, 7-6(2)
Somdev Devvarman (India)/Sanam Singh (India) d Facundo Arguello (Argentina)/Andrea Collarini (Argentina) 7-6(10), 6-4
Order of Play – Friday, May 1
Center Court – 3pm
Frances Tiafoe (USA) vs. Tennys Sandgren (USA)
Not before 5:30pm
Jared Donaldson (USA) vs. Facundo Arguello (Argentina)
Alex Kuznetsov (USA)/Tennys Sandgren (USA) vs. Dennis Novikov (USA)/Julio Peralta (Chile)