The fourteenth $5,000 men’s U.S. Pro Series Rochester ProAm is slated to begin Tuesday evening at the University of Rochester’s Lyman Squash Courts in upstate New York.
The sixteen-player qualifying draw has a local flavor as the top five from the fifth-place-finishing University of Rochester Yellojackets, in addition to yellowjacket alum Adam Perkiomaki, test their mettle against full-time professionals Tuesday and Wednesday evening to decide four spots completing the sixteen-player main draw.
Mexican world No. 99 Eric Galvez leads the field as the top seed, and is seeded to meet U.S.-based Lewis Walters in Sunday’s final. World No. 174 Faraz Khan is the lone American, playing on what used to be his former home courts before recently turning professional full-time. Khan faces Galvez in the first round.
Khan is one of five former U.S. collegiate players in the main draw. Franklin & Marshall graduate Mauricio Sedano is the tournament’s wild card, and will play former Columbia No. 1 and four seed Ramit Tandon in the first round, while Cornell graduate Nicholas Sachvie will face former Trinity Bantam Chris Binnie.
In its fourteen years, the Rochester ProAm has long served as a springboard for lower-ranked professionals to increase their world rankings. Some past participants include Miguel Angel Rodriguez, Daryl Selby, Karim Abdel Gawad, Ryan Cuskelly, and even in 2014 alone, Zac Alexander and Todd Harrity, who have both risen significantly in the world rankings.
Matches begin at 6pm local time Tuesday evening.