By Steve Pratt, special to USTA.com
CALABASAS, Calif. – A fierce storm thundered through Southern California on Tuesday, but not before five Americans – including two past champions – were able to secure victories on Day 2 of the USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas.
Defending champion and top-seeded Donald Young, 2007 winner and No. 3 Robert Kendrick, Bobby Reynolds, Jesse Witten and Tim Smyczek each won first-round matches before the rain came at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center. Wild-card entry Smyczek was the only one needing three sets to win, as he beat Daniel King-Turner of New Zealand, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Play was also delayed until noon Tuesday because of wet courts, but just after 5 p.m., the rain really came washing out play, which will resume on Wednesday with several matches still in progress, including 18-year-old Ryan Harrison’s match. Harrison is leading No. 5-seeded Izak Van Der Merwe of South Africa, 6-4, 1-1.
Harrison is also scheduled to play doubles on Wednesday with Travis Rettenmaier. The pair will play the wild-card team of Kevin Kim and Mark Ein, owner of the Washington Kastles of the World TeamTennis league.
(wc: wild card; q: qualifier)
Jesse Witten, U.S., def. Michael McClune (U.S.), 6-2, 6-3
Donald Young, U.S., (1) def. Michael Yani (U.S.) 6-1, 6-1
Robert Kendrick, U.S. (3) def. Luis Perez-Perez (Spain), 6-3, 7-5
Frederik Nielsen, Denmark, def. Carsten Ball, Australia, (4), 6-3, 6-3
Bobby Reynolds, U.S., def. Jesse Levine, U.S., 6-3, 6-4
Tim Smyczek, U.S., (wc) def. Daniel King-Turner, New Zealand, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
Nikoloz Basilashvili, Georgia, (q) def. Alex Kuznetsov, U.S., 7-5, 7-5
Philip Bester, Canada, / Ashwin Kumar (U.S.) def. Brett Joelson, U.S., / Phillip Simmonds, U.S., (wc), 6-3, 6-3
Wednesday’s Order of Play:
CENTER start 10 a.m.
R DeHeart (U.S.) vs.  M Matosevic (AUS)
N Monroe (U.S.), (q) vs.  R Sweeting (U.S.)
 J Millman (AUS) vs. L Cook (U.S.)
[WC] M Ein (U.S.) / K Kim (U.S.) vs  R Harrison (U.S.) / T Rettenmaier (U.S.)
Not Before 6 p.m.
D King-Turner (NZL) / F Nielsen (DEN) vs L Cook (U.S.) / A Delic (BIH)
[WC] G Sacks (RSA) vs [WC] C Mamiit (PHI)
COURT 3 start 10 a.m.
G Jones (AUS) vs [Q] D Kosakowski (U.S.)
 Izak Van Der Merwe (RSA) vs R Harrison (U.S.) - To Finish 46 11
Not Before 1 p.m.
A Kuznetsov (U.S.) / T Smyczek (U.S.) vs C Ball (AUS) / M Matosevic (AUS)
J Fruttero (U.S.) / I Van Der Merwe (RSA) vs  D Martin (U.S.) / T Parrott (U.S.)
COURT 6 start
Not Before 11 a.m
R de Voest (RSA) vs J Lemke (AUS) - To Finish 67(5) 60 14
Not Before 1 p.m.
G Jones (AUS) / J Witten (U.S.) vs [Q] C Klingemann (CAN) / M Venus (NZL)
 R DeHeart (U.S.) / P Duclos (CAN) vs N Monroe (U.S.) / D Young (U.S.)
For a schedule of events and other details, check out the official website, calabasaschallenger.com
Round of 16
Round of 32
Doubles (per team)
Round of 16
Friday, Oct. 22
– Pro-Am Drill, 9-11 a.m.; Pro Exhibition, 6-7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 23
– USTA Junior Team Tennis Kids’ Day, 2-3:30 p.m.
Calabasas Past Champions:
- Donald Young (USA)
- Vince Spadea (USA)
- Robert Kendrick (USA)
- Mark Philippoussis (AUS)
- Brian Vahaly (USA)
- Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
- Jerome Golmard (FRA)
- Michael Chang (USA)
- Andre Sa (BRA)
- Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) – Simon Stadler (GER)
- Ilija Bozoljac (SRB) – Dusan Vemic (SRB)
- John Isner (USA) – Brian Wilson (USA)
- Robert Kendrick (USA) – Cecil Mamiit (PHI)
- Amer Delic (USA) – Bobby Reynolds (USA)
- Graydon Oliver (USA) – Travis Parrott (USA)
- Justin Gimelstob (USA) – Scott Humphries (USA)
- Paul Rosner (RSA) – Glenn Weiner (USA)
- Ota Fukarek (CZE) – Ivo Heuberger (SUI)
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