Glennon and Salisbury Win Their Way to Main Draw at ITF Event
Oct. 31, 2012
PENSACOLA, Fla. - - Memphis men's tennis players Connor Glennon and Joe Salisbury won four matches apiece to move into the main draw at the International Tennis Federation's (ITF) USA Futures 30 stop in Pensacola, Fla. The ITF is a professional circuit tennis tour that collegiate tennis players can compete on as amateurs. Players looking to make it on the professional tennis circuit use ITF events to accumulate points to move up to the next level.
Similar to Salisbury's run at the ITA All-American tournament, the right to play in the main draw begins in a prequalifying bracket. Unfortunately for Memphis, two Tiger teammates drew one another in the first round, as David O'Hare downed teammate Cedric de Zutter, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. Teammates Salisbury, Johnny Grimal and Glennon all won their first round matches, while David O'Leary received a first round bye. Two more Tigers fell in the second round, with Salisbury and Glennon advancing in two sets, while Grimal bounced back from a second set loss in a 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 victory. But Grimal then ran into the bracket's No. 7 seed to end his run in the third round, but Salisbury came back from a first set loss to win his third round match, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, while Glennon again used two straight set wins to move onto the fourth round.
From the fourth round of the bracket emerge eight qualifiers for the main draw. Two of those were Tigers, as Salisbury, no stranger to stringing together runs of wins to a main draw, downed No. 6 seeded Stefan Vinti, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4), to move to a Wednesday afternoon match against world No. 586 ranked Jason Jung from the USA, also the main draw's No. 7 seed.
This time, Salisbury had company in the main draw, as Glennon also advanced, winning a first set tiebreaker, 7-6 (3), dropping a second set, 0-6, then winning the decisive third set, 6-4. He will face the tournament's No. 5 seed Takanyi Garanganga from Zimbabwe, also the No. 482nd ranked player in the world, in his main draw match on Wednesday afternoon.