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Qualifying for the first Men’s World Championship to be held in the United States is underway at the Pro Club in Bellevue, Washington, just outside of Seattle.
Two rounds of qualifying Friday and Saturday sees sixty-four players vying for sixteen qualifying spots in the sixty-four-player main draw. Main draw play on the glass court in the Meydenbauer Convention Center begins Sunday.
Nine Americans are set to compete in the first round of qualifying. Up first is an all-American match up between world No. 58 Chris Gordon and recent Brown graduate Nick Talbott at 1pm local time, 4pm ET.
U.S. champion and world No. 61 Todd Harrity faces Egyptian world No. 240 Basem Makram at 4pm local time, 7pm ET, in their first professional match up.
One day after losing his RC Pro Series quarterfinal in St. Louis, world No. 84 Chris Hanson makes the trek to the pacific northwest where he will face Portland’s Adam Perkiomaki at 6pm local time, 9pm ET. On the adjacent court, world No. 164 Faraz Khan will take on India’s world No. 71 Harinder Pal Sandhu.