Pacific Northwest Open begins with men’s qualifying

Thirty-two players kicked off qualifying Monday for the men’s singles main draw at the Pacific Northwest Open at Tacoma Lawn Tennis Club.

Several South Sound players are among those vying for 16 spots in the main draw, which begins Wednesday.

“This part is fun because it gives a chance for some of the local kids to make it into the main draw,” tournament organizer Nick Moxley said. “But the best tennis is still to come.”

Seven of the top eight seeds in qualifying received byes into the second round, which begins Tuesday morning. Thomas Cundy of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the No. 1 seed among qualifiers. He will play the winner of Tuesday morning’s match between Gig Harbor’s Nick Jarvis and Bellevue’s Gregory Skaggs.

Kent’s Jamie Thorp was the only local seed in qualifying (No. 6) to play Monday. A late addition, Andy Anderson of Fife, forced Thorp to play in the first round. Anderson then eliminated him, 6-3, 6-3.

Tacoma’s Kane Vu did move on, however, knocking out Lakewood’s Chan Thourk, 6-0, 6-2. Stadium High School’s Callan Peterson defeated Dylan Harvala of Missoula, Mont., 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. Peterson broke Harvala’s serve early in the third set to advance.

“I felt like I was playing well, even when I wasn’t hitting good shots,” Peterson said. “I had the crowd’s support behind me the whole way.”

The rest will have to duke it out Tuesday to move into the main draw. The top 16 finishers in qualifying will move on. No. 2 seed Alexander Marcinkowski of Spokane will await Gig Harbor’s Jonathan Dudley or Richland’s Zachary Fisher, who play at noon Tuesday.

Kyle McMorrow, who just finished a stellar career at the University of Washington, headlines the men’s main draw. McMorrow, 23, finished with 100 wins at UW and was named an All-American his senior year.

“That’s the whole point: For a lot of us, it’s just a win to move into the main draw,” Peterson said. “There are some really good players up there.”