Guam – Ten of Japan’s top 40 tennis players are entered in the main draw of the 2013 Lacoste GVB Futures, presented by Hilton Guam Resort & Spa and MCV Broadband, and will compete for world ranking points against other international competitors in the island’s $10,000 professional tournament June 3 to 9.
Also in the draw is special guest and former No. 12-ranked Dominik Hrbaty from Slovak Republic. During his visit in Guam, Hrbaty will be facilitating tennis clinics, holding motivational talks with local junior and Pro Circuit players, and making special appearances off the court, including a special autograph-signing event at Lacoste boutique at Tumon Sands Plaza this weekend. Details of Hrbaty’s clinics and activities for the community will be announced at a later date.
“There are quite a number of returning players in the main and qualifying draw – I’m glad to see that they’ve chosen to come back to Guam to play, even with three other Futures tournaments in the Asian region the same week,” said tournament director Torgun Smith. “I’m also excited to be welcoming Dominik Hrbaty to Guam. He was ranked as high as No. 12 in the world and reached the semifinals of Roland Garros and the quarterfinals of both the U.S. Open and Australian Open.
“All of this wouldn’t be possible without our title sponsors, Lacoste and Guam Visitors Bureau, as well as our presenter sponsors Hilton Guam Resort & Spa and MCV Broadband. Other large contributors include Ruby Tuesday, Chuck E. Cheese, Delta, Goody’s Sporting Goods and Matson. Pacific Daily News, DFS Galleria, Morrico Equipment, Hertz Rent-A Car, Mobil, Quality Distributors, Calvo’s Insurance, Subway, Powerade, Tennis Academy of Guam and many others also helped tremendously to realize this tournament,” Smith added.
Listed as the top player in the tournament is India’s Saketh Myneni, currently No. 341 in the world. Myneni’s win-loss record is 15-5 in ATP and ITF Pro Circuit main draw play this year.
The second-ranked player in the tournament is returnee Yasutaka Uchiyama from Japan, who recently was selected for his country’s Davis Cup team. Uchiyama is part of Japan’s 2013 Davis Cup team that defeated Indonesia 5-0 in the first round and edged Korea Republic 3-2 in the semifinals of Group I play in the Asia/Oceania Zone. Japan will next play in September against Colombia in a World Group playoff round. The team will be competing to play in the World Group, the highest group in Davis Cup, in 2014.
The qualifying draw for the tournament will be played June 1 and June 2, with the top players advancing to the main draw. Match schedules will be posted on the tournament’s Web site, GuamFutures.com, and also on the tournament’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/GuamFutures.
Updates also will be posted on the tournament’s Twitter account, @GuamFutures.