American Tennys Sandgren, winner of the ATP World Tour Auckland title in January, will be the top seed for the 2019 Tallahassee Tennis Challenger, a USTA Pro Circuit and ATP Challenger 80 event, hosted at the Forestmeadows Athletic Center in Florida on April 22-28.

The tournament is the second of three consecutive Challenger tournaments held on clay courts to help develop players on the surface leading up to the 2019 French Open.

Currently ranked No. 93, Sandgren is among 40 men who received direct acceptance into the 48-player main draw. Four players will compete in the qualifying tournament April 22 for two other main draw berths. Local tournament organizers and the USTA will also award wild card entries to complete the field.

In 2018 Sandgren reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open after defeating Jeremy Chardy, 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka, Maximilian Marterer, and world No. 5 Dominic Thiem before losing to Hyeon Chung. He followed that up by reaching his first ATP Tour final at the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in April.

Sandgren reached the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger singles semifinals in 2015 and took home the doubles title in 2013 with Austin Krajicek. He holds 10 ATP Challenger Tour titles overall (three in singles, seven in doubles).

Joining Sandgren in the main draw is 2018 singles champion and American Noah Rubin, 2018 finalist Marc Polmans, and former world No. 33 Paolo Lorenzi. Next Gen ATP Finals contenders Corentin Moutet, Ulises Blanch, and American Stefan Kozlov are also expected to compete.

Admission to the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger is $5 daily April 22-23, $10 daily April 24-25, $15 daily April 26-27, and $20 for the finals on April 28. A tournament pass is available for $70 and all tickets are available by visiting the Forestmeadows Athletic Center (4750 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312).

For more info go to www.TallahasseeChallenger.com.

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