Evan King Gets an Upset, and a Loss

We last saw Evan King on Sunday, when he was drafted to give John Isner some practice against a leftie before Isner’s match against Fernando Verdasco. Yesterday, he scored an upset in his first-round match in the juniors tournament, beating 5th-seeded Argentinian Agustin Velotti, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.

King is polite and pleasant, with a preternatural ability to anticipate, by a couple of seconds, the calling of “time” at the end of changeovers. He clapped his hand on his racket to congratulate his opponent on well-played points. Velotti, on the other hand, is an unpleasant boy who maintained an almost constant angry dialogue with himself and threw his racket.

King was kinder than this evaluation, saying Velotti “wears his heart on his sleeve a little, so when he’s happy he gets pumped up and starts screaming, and when he’s mad he’ll show it to you.” Speaking to us after his doubles match, in which he and Denis Kudla knocked off the first-seeded team, he said he “can’t complain about my first day of matches at the U.S. Open…Felt comfortable. This is my second year playing the Open so I think it helped having played last year and just being more comfortable playing now.” His next opponent would be a guy from Hungary who’s King’s height, but, as he mimed exaggeratedly big shoulders, “in shape.”

The Hungarian, 17-year-old Marton Fucsovics, turned out to be an imposing Aryan type with big biceps and big groundstrokes. His profile on the ITP website lists his hobbies, plausibly, as “girls [and] riding motorbikes.” The matchup was like an early scene from The Mighty Ducks, and King lost, 6-2, 6-3.

In other juniors news, 16-year-old Jack Sock took time off from his regular job in a Dickens novel to win, 6-1, 6-4.

Evan King Gets an Upset, and a Loss