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Comerica Bank Challenger stronger than ever: Seascape tennis tournament boasts impressive main list

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 23rd, 2013

The Seascape Comerica Bank Challenger is returning for its 25th year and itís coming back better than ever.

It will feature the 22 tennis players that are ranked in the top 180 in the world on the main card.

This includes last yearís top dog Steven Johnson, who won the menís singles title over Robert Farah after coming in as a wildcard.

The 23-year-old five time All-American from the University of Southern California has made some noise since walking away with last yearís title. After winning an Associated Tennis Professionals Challenger Tour Title this past June, he also earned another wildcard for his debut Wimbledon performance.

Thus far in his young professional career, Johnson has advanced to the 3rd round of the 2012 US Open after wins over former Seascape player Rajeev Ram and Ernests Gulbis, who is currently ranked as the 36th player in the world.

Johnson however is just the fourth-highest ranked player (at 98th) coming into the Comerica Bank Challenger.

Evgeny Donskoy of Moscow is sitting at 66th, and he is the top ranked player in the main draw. Like Johnson he is 23-years-old, and has been building up his resume in the past few years.

After beating fellow Russian, Mikhail Youzhny in the second round of this yearís Australian Open to advance to the third round, where he eventually lost to Japanís Kei Nishikori, he also reached the second round of the French Open only to lose to Kevin Anderson of South Africa. At the Topshelf Open this past summer, Donskoy knocked out the highest ranked American and former Seascape competitor, John Isner in the first round.

The rest of the field includes the number one ranked Colombian player in Santiago Giraldo, Andrey Golubev who was named the ATP Most Improved Player of the Year in 2010 after climbing 100 spots from 133rd to 33rd, and Donald Young, the youngest player to be ranked number one in the junior rankings at the age of 16.

ďItís one of the most impressive showings weíve had,Ē said Logan Finell in an email on Monday, ďso it should be a great tournament.Ē

The action will run from Aug. 3-11 with the main draw matches beginning on the 5th at the Seascape Sports Club in Aptos.

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