The future is now for Pittsburgh tennis.
Qualifying play for the PNC Men's Futures of Pittsburgh tournament begins today at Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center, featuring singles and doubles competition. The three-day qualifying round ends Monday, with main draw starting Tuesday. The finals are scheduled for July 7. Players will compete in the professional tournament for a $10,000 prize.
The Futures of Pittsburgh tournament is a USTA Pro Circuit event, which is typically reserved for younger players hoping to launch their careers. Mardy Fish and John Isner had competed in USTA Pro Circuit events.
The tournament will feature local talent, including Duke player and Shady Side Academy alumnus Chris Mengel. Mengel, a rising senior at Duke, is a wild-card entry in the main draw. Gibsonia native Casey Watt, a recent Notre Dame graduate, will play in the qualifying rounds.
Along with the local players, Sanam Singh of India enters the tournament with a professional ranking of 338, and Christian Harrison from the United States is ranked as the No. 354th player in the world.
Entry to the tournament is free. More information, including schedules and results, can be found at www.mtlebanontennis.com.