2019 Chicago Charities NRT/Viking PCQ Men’s Preview

Novermber 6, 2019
Grand Prix
2019 Chicago Charities NRT/Viking PCQ Men’s Preview

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A team from Chicago, Marek Czerwinski and Graham McNerney, took home the title at the 2019-2020 season’s first Grand Prix tournament, New Jersey’s Lake Invitational. They would surely love to add the Grand Prix title in Chicago to their list of wins, but to do so they are going to have to vanquish some very tough competition, including:

Juan Arraya, the 2019 National Champion (with Mark Parsons) who currently sits at the top of the APTA rankings (also with Parsons) is teaming up in Chicago with four-time National Champion Drew Broderick. A dream team on paper, this pair will have all eyes watching to see if they can gel on the court and come through the Chicago draw.

Brian Compton and Scott Kahler are the fourth-ranked team in the country. Semifinalists at last month’s Lake Invitational and at Nationals last season, this is a consistent team that always reaches the latter stages of big tournaments.

The brothers Pete and Paul Rose made a surprise run to the finals of the Charities draw in 2018 and backed it up with a solid season. Currently ranked seventh, the Rose bothers won the Milwaukee Open in October, beating Alex Bancila and Tyler Fraser in the finals.

Blake Anderson and Martin Bostrom, the eighth-ranked team, haven’t played a tournament together yet this season, but posted good results in 2018-2019, including the quarters of Nationals, the semis of the Boston Open, and the finals of the Duane Hayden Long island Invitational.

Max LePivert currently has two national rankings, holding the sixth spot with Juan Arraya and 14th place with Anton Protsenko. This season, LePivert and Protsenko have racked up a series of good finishes already—fifth place at the Lake Invitational, the finals at the Sound Shore Invitational, and the semis of the Patterson Open. LePivert will be teaming up with the always steady Sebastian Bredberg, who recently moved to Northern California and is making his 2019-2020 APTA debut.

Sven Burus and Mikk Irdoja are top twenty players who have played primarily with other partners. Already this season, Irdoja reached the semis of Patterson (with Jeff Morneau) and of the Sound Shore (with Nathan LeFevre). This very talented team could go far in the Chicago draw.

After reaching the finals of the Milwaukee Open, Alex Bancila and Tyler Fraser are hoping to have another good performance in Chicago. Fraser, ranked 13th with long-time partner Rob Bakker, also won the West Penn Open last season with Scott Kahler. Bancila is a two-time Chicago Charities Champion (2010 and 2017 with Arraya).

You can watch all of the action unfold on Saturday and Sunday on YouTube, Facebook Live, and the APTA Network.

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