Last year's singles champion Alex Rybakov will begin defense of his title when play in the main draw starts today in the Sargent & Collins, LLP Men's $25,000 Futures tournament at the Miller Tennis Center in Williamsville.
Rybakov, the No. 5 seed, will face Temur Ismailov of Uzbekhistan in one of three first-round matches that get play going at 11 a.m. A noon match will have Marcus Fugate, who made the finals of the tournament in 2006, will face Cornell University player David Volfson of Thornhill, Ont.
Eight players, including 17-year-old Adam Neff of Bradenton, Fla., advanced to the main draw with wins in qualifying play on Monday. Also advancing were: Jenson Brooksby, Patrick Daciek and Jordi Arconada of the U.S., Lucas Renard of Sweden, Charles Broom of Great Britain, Dragos Constantin Ignat of Romania and Liam Draxl of Canada.
The Futures Tournament, a USTA Pro Circuit event, will run through Sunday, is open to the public and admission is free.