Brian Battistone drew the attention of the crowd Wednesday morning at the Pacific Northwest Tennis Open at Tacoma Lawn Tennis Club, and it wasn’t for his unusual serve.
In the day’s only upset, the fifth-seeded Battistone, who uses a volleyball-type serve, was stunned by Brian Foley, 6-3, 7-5.
The No. 1 men’s singles seed, Mohamed Abid, had little trouble against Vicente Varas. The two players’ résumés differed considerably – Varas is playing for Gonzaga University while Abid is ranked 778th in the world and has far more experience. Experience – and Abid – won easily, 6-4, 6-1.
Malcolm Harrison, seeded third, turned heads with his dominant style. He won in straight sets against unseeded Jeffrey Gast, 6-0, 6-4. Harrison went up 4-0 in the first set and remained aggressive for the rest of the match.
Harrison came in having lost in the doubles semifinals of the Pittsburgh F18 Futures tournament, where he and Joel Kielbowicz, the No. 2 seed, fell to fourth-seeded Marcos Giron and Connor Smith, 6-2, 6-1.
“I’m moving well and serving well, so I think I have a chance to do well in the tournament,” Harrison said. “The goal is to be able to play every point the same, whether I’m playing (Roger) Federer or someone else. I try to take every match as serious as possible and just continue to work on the things that allow me to compete with the best of them.”
Matches in the round of 16 for men’s and women’s singles start at 11 a.m. Thursday, and matches in the round of 32 for men’s and women’s doubles begin at 5 p.m.San Horn: 253-306-9209 firstname.lastname@example.org