Early rounds of Sarasota Open continue on Longboat Key

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LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. -- Tennis brought people out to the Sarasota Open on Longboat Key, but it wasn't the only thing catching the eye of the spectators Wednesday.

The first round of doubles and the 2nd round of singles were held Wednesday, but it was the halo around the sun that was drawing attention at high noon.

In his doubles match, defending singles champ Alex Kuznetsov, paried with Jordan Kerr, won the first set but dropped the 2nd and then lost a very, hard-fought tie-break and the match.

“It was tough after winning the first set. They broke us in the 3rd and that really our opponents really stepped up their play. It was a tough loss, but they earned it," said Kuznetsov.

He is now completely out as he was knocked from the singles unceremoniously on Monday. But this tournament will help him towards his French Open bid. "I really thought I would have more games to play to get ready for Savannah next week, but now I have to head back to the practice courts in order to stay sharp, and be ready for next Monday."

In a 2nd round singles match, 2nd seed Donald Young was trying to eliminate Mischa Zvereva after banishing Zvereva's brother Alex on Tuesday. Young would finally eke out a win in the 1st set, 6-4, and inexplicably Zvereva retired due to illness after the first set.

Young is moving on. "It’s good because I am playing doubles later today, and that will help me make up for lost game action here. I think it will be alright."