For the first time in his career Ukraine's No. 1 Sergiy Stakhovsky qualified directly for the main draw of the US Open. His first-round opponent will be determined at the Draw Ceremony on Thursday, August 27th. Sergiy is hoping for his best Grand Slam performance ever which would let him return to the Top 100 again.
The USTA had some good news for Stako and other players participating in the US Open this year. The prize money has been increased by nearly 6% to a record $21.6 million. The winner of US Open 2009 Men's and Women's Singles will receive $1.6 million.
The tournament starts on August 31, 2009.
Sergiy will be back in action next weekend at Cincinnati. Afterwards, he will then make a stop in New Haven before the US Open.
The last Grand Slam of the year at the US Open in New York will start on August 31st. Sergiy has played this event twice before, but never advanced to the main draw. 2 years ago he fell in the first round of the qualies to Jan Hernych and last year in the second round (to Ricardas Bernakis).
It is worth noting that Sergiy's best junior result was a runner-up finish at 2004 US Open juniors, losing to Andy Murray of Great Britain.
Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France wins in a gripping Segovia second round tie against third-seeded Sergiy Stakhovsky, winning in three sets after one hour and 34 minutes on the center court.
Sergiy's loss to the Frenchman means he will not be able to defend points he got last year for winning the whole tournament. As a result, he will drop out of Top 100 in ATP singles ranking next week.
"I don't worry as I believe this is only temporary. Hope my efforts will be rewarded with a big jump in the rankings soon," Sergiy said after the match. Sergiy's next stop is an ATP Masters event in Cincinnati, USA, beginning August 16.
Third-seeded Sergiy Stakhovsky begins his quest today to win the Segovia title for a second straight year. Stako won the title in 2008 with victory over Brazilian Thiago Alves in the final.
In the first round Sergiy is scheduled to play later today against a wild card, Quino Munoz of Spain.
The ATP Open Castilla y Leon is regarded as one of the best challengers in the world. Among Top10 players who have won the tournmanet so far are Rafael Nadal, Fernando Verdasco, Juan Martin Del Potro, Sergi Bruguera, Emilio S. Vicario, Radek Stepanek.