By: Ben Raby (www.twitter.com/benrabytennis)
It may not have been the ultimate results they were hoping for, but D.C. natives Robin Montgomery and Andrew Fenty both showed themselves well on Stadium Court before falling in the first round of qualifying.
Montgomery is still only 14 years old and the product of The Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park has a tremendously bright future. She may very well be a Citi Open fixture in years to come. On Saturday, though, Montgomery fell to Destanee Aiava 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 in a match that lasted nearly two hours.
Fenty’s match followed a similar script as the 19-year-old fell to ATP World Tour veteran Viktor Troicki 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.
Fenty, who has also trained at The JTCC, now plays collegiately at the University of Michigan. He was the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year for the 2018-19 campaign.
As Fenty’s match approached two hours, the atmosphere on Stadium Court intensified. The crowd grew in volume as many had started to make their way over in preparation for Coco Gauff’s Citi Open debut.
The home crowd was in Fenty’s corner and tried to rally him to a comeback win in the third set. With Troicki serving for the match at 5-4, Fenty successfully broke his opponent to tie the decisive set at five games apiece. Troicki, though, immediately broke back before holding his final service game to secure the 7-5 third-set win.