Mardy Fish tennis tournament attracts former US Open competitors


VERO BEACH – Five players who have competed in the main draw in singles or doubles at the US Open Tennis Championships highlight the group of players who will compete in the $15,000 Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships.

The event is scheduled for April 25 to May 1 at the Boulevard Tennis Club.

John McNally of Cincinnati, Sekou Bangoura of Bradenton, Fla., and Martin Damm of Bradenton, Fla., all of whom played in the US Open main draw in doubles, are among the top entries in this professional tennis tournament. entry level that benefits the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation, established by Vero Beach’s son and 2004 Olympic silver medalist, Mardy Fish.

Collin Altamirano of Sacramento, Calif., who competed in singles at the US Open in 2013 and 2018, and Ryan Shane of Falls Church, Va., who played singles at the US Open in 2015, are on the list. registrants to participate in the qualifying rounds of the event.

“It’s exciting to have players who have already competed on the biggest stage in our country, the US Open in New York, playing here in Vero Beach at The Boulevard in our tournament this year,” said Tom Fish. , Chairman Emeritus of the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation. and Mardy Fish’s father. “Each year the players who have participated in our event in Vero Beach have achieved great things in the world of tennis and this year will be no different.”

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McNally, a former Ohio State University standout and brother of WTA doubles star Caty McNally, competed in the 2016 US Open doubles tournament alongside JJ Wolf, falling in the first round to Chris Guccione of Australia and Andre Sa from Brazil.

Bangoura, who was also a singles and doubles finalist at Vero Beach in 2019, played in the 2010 US Open doubles tournament with Nathan Pasha, losing in the first round to Michael Kohlmann of Germany and Jarkko Nieminen of Finland .

Damm, the son of 2006 US doubles champion Martin Damm, Sr., advanced to the second round of the US Open in doubles in 2019 alongside Toby Kodat, becoming the youngest men’s doubles team to win a US Open match at the Open Era.

They beat Americans Mitchell Krueger and Tim Smyzcek in the first round before losing to French Open champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies of Germany.

Altamirano qualified for the US Open in 2018, beating current top-30 player Lorenzo Sonego of Italy and former top-20 player Ivo Karlovic of Croatia en route, before losing to Ugo Hubert of France at the first round. He also played at the 2013 US Open as the defending USTA National Boy’s 18 champion, losing in the first round to Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Shane entered the main draw at the 2015 US Open after winning the NCAA singles title for the University of Virginia, losing in the first round in four sets to Jeremy Chardy of France.

Other Mardy Fish main entries include several fan favorites from previous editions of the event, including three-time Mardy Fish “wild card” event winner Matthew Segura of Apopka, Florida, the legend’s great-nephew of tennis Pancho Segura, 2018 and 2021 Mardy Fish runner-up Ricardo Rodridugez of Venezuela and Liam Draxl of Canada, who was the No. 1 seed at the 2021 NCAA Singles Championship competing for the University of Kentucky and semi-finalist at Vero Beach in 2021.

Top-ranked American junior players Cooper Williams of New York, Nico Godsick of Chagrin Falls, Ohio (the son of two-time Olympic gold medalist Mary Joe Fernandez and Roger Federer’s agent Tony Godsick), Alex Bernard of Naples , Fla., current Easter Bowl champion Alex Michelsen of Aliso Viejo, Calif., and Nishesh Basavareddy of Carmel, Ind., are also expected to participate in the tournament.

After a two-year hiatus, daily tickets will once again be sold at the tournament and can be purchased at a 25% discount of $30 online at

Tickets at the door will cost $40 per day. Reserved seating, season passes and sponsorships are also available on the website or by contacting Lynn Southerly, Executive Director of the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation, which benefits at-risk youth in Indian River County.

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