Colin and Ross and other ATP Tour players visited patients at St. Jude Children’s Hospital, one of the 2011 ATP ACES For Charity grant recipients, on opening Monday of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis. Players were taken on a tour of the hospital before making surprise visits to the rooms of young fans and signing autographs in the lobby.
It was then down to tennis action for the British pair, who were playing their first ATP500 of the season, and looking for a birthday victory for Ross. They faced tough opponents in Soares and Butorac. The opening set was a tight affair, with both teams failing to convert any of their 5 break points. Going into a tie break the British pair managed to clinch it 7-5. After winning the first set the British pair relaxed in the second and were clinical on serve, facing no break points and winning 92% of points on their 1st serve. They managed to convert 2 out of their 3 breaks though, winning the 2nd set 6-3.
This moves them through tot he quarter finals where they will face the number 3 seeds Cermak and Polasek. Colin and Ross beat Polasek (and Mertinak) last week in the Davis Cup.
This match will be scheduled for Thursday.