In another picture-perfect day in Newport, the Infosys Hall of Fame Open wrapped up qualies and kicked off the main draw. With tennis action across all three courts, new exhibits in the museum, and a brand new Fan Zone, there was something for every fan. Plus, the debut of the Sipsmith Lawn had fans enjoying some chill time with lawn games and giant Jenga. Liam Broady, Will Blumberg, Chris Eubanks, and Mitchell Krueger won their qualifying matches and advance to the first round of the main draw. Broady, Eubanks and Krueger all prevailed in straight sets.
With a comeback 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Noah Rubin, Blumberg advances to his first career ATP Tour main draw in his fourth appearance in the Infosys Hall of Fame Open’s qualifying rounds. He will meet world No. 48 Benjamin Bonzi in the first round of the main draw on Tuesday.
In Monday’s main draw action, Australian Jason Kubler continued his hot streak on grass, winning his fourth match in the last five outings after advancing to the Round of 16 at Wimbledon. Kubler defeated countryman and friend Jordan Thompson in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, and now owns a 23-4 record since the beginning of May including Challenger and tour-level matches.
“I seem to keep grabbing these opportunities,” stated Kubler in response to his recent success on grass. “I always seem to take advantage, so maybe that’s the momentum. Every time an opportunity has come up, I’ve been able to seize it and luckily turn it into a win.”
The Aussie friends will pair together in the doubles draw moving forward and are set to meet Blumberg and Steve Johnson on Tuesday afternoon.
Johnson, the 2018 Infosys Hall of Fame Open champion, and 2021 doubles champion Jack Sock were both victorious in their first-round matches. Sock improved to 3-0 all-time against Radu Albot, winning in a second set tie-break to close the day, 6-1, 7-6 (7-2).
Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk advanced to second round in Newport for the third time in his career, rounding out the main draw on Monday by beating Ugo Humbert 7-5, 6-4.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray will take the court on Tuesday, facing Sam Querrey on Center Court in the third match of the day. The duo will meet one another on grass for the first time since the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2017, when Querrey prevailed in five sets. Tuesday’s action will also feature this year’s Wimbledon doubles champion Max Purcell of Australia, a wild card in the singles draw, and top singles seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in doubles play alongside partner Bonzi.
The top four seeds – Auger-Aliassime, John Isner, Alexander Bublik, and Maxime Cressy - are all scheduled to be in action on Center Court starting on Wednesday.