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Former NCAA singles champion Devin Britton opened the first day of main-draw play at the 17th annual Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center USTA Pro Classic with a win in singles and doubles.
The No. 3-seeded and 21-year-old Britton beat Alessandro-Damiano Ventre of Brazil, 6-3, 6-2 in the first match of the day, and then teamed with Reid Carleton to topple Ryan Thacher and Zhizhen Zhang of China, 6-2, 6-4, as the first round of doubles was completed Tuesday at the USTA men's Pro Circuit $10,000 Futures event being played at the Claremont Club. The pair are the tournament top-seeded doubles team.
Two years ago, Britton was a finalist at Claremont losing to qualifier Gary Sacks in the final and taking home a runner-up check worth $900. The year before that at the age of 18, Britton won the 2009 NCAA singles championship as a freshman at Ole Miss, becoming the school's first to ever win the title. At the US Open as a wild card that year, Britton drew Roger Federer in the first round and fell to the world's top player in straight sets.
Also winning singles matches on Tuesday were Australian Mark Verryth, Bulgaria's Boris Nicola Bakalov, and Americans No. 7 seeded Carleton, No. 6 seeded Jason Jung and Chris Wettengel.
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