Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 11/11/14

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: Donald Young of the USA plays a forehand in his second round match against Lleyton Hewitt of Australia during day four of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

By Stephanie Neppl

The 2012 Heineken Open lost its first seeded player as American Donald Young lost a three-setter to Alejandro Falla of Colombia.

Young took the first set, but his opponent came back to take the next two to knock out our 7th seed.

“It’s really disappointing,” Young said. “It’s not nice to lose the first match of the year but it happens. He’ll be sticking around for the doubles to play with partner James Cerretani of the US.

In other first round matches, Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci took out Rui Machado of Portugal.

The qualifying tournament wrapped up earlier today with Adrian Mannarino, Benoit Paire, Tobias Kamke and Stephane Bohli successfully making the main draw.

The night session features Santiago Giraldo of Colombia versus the last Kiwi standing – Michael Venus.


Stephanie Neppl is in Auckland, New Zealand covering the Heineken Open for the tournament web site. She is the Social Media Manager for Tennis Auckland covering the ASB Classic and Heineken Open.

Follow the Heineken Open on their web site http://www.heinekenopen.co.nz, twitter https://twitter.com/#!/HeinekenOpenAKL  and Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/HeinekenOpenAuckland.
ATP World Tour 250
Auckland, New Zealand  (+13 hours GMT)
9-14 January, 2012     Surface: Hard


Singles – First Round
[6] T Bellucci (BRA) d R Machado (POR) 63 76(3)
A Falla (COL) d [7] D Young (USA) 46 63 63
S Giraldo (COL) d [WC] M Venus (NZL) 64 63

Doubles – First Round
D Marrero (ESP) / A Sa (BRA) d D Bracciali (ITA) / P Starace (ITA) 64 26 10-4


CENTRE COURT start 1:00 pm
[Q] A Mannarino (FRA) vs [5] K Anderson (RSA)
[8] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [Q] S Bohli (SUI)
[WC] R Harrison (USA) vs [WC] S Querrey (USA)
Not Before 4:30 PM
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs T Bellucci (BRA) / S Giraldo (COL) – Possible Court Change
Not Before 7:00 PM
J Ferrero (ESP) vs [Q] B Paire (FRA)
L Dlouhy (CZE) / M Melo (BRA) vs [2] E Butorac (USA) / B Soares (BRA)

COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
I Kunitsyn (RUS) vs G Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
A Ramos (ESP) vs L Rosol (CZE)
Not Before 4:00 PM
J Cerretani (USA) / D Young (USA) vs C Berlocq (ARG) / J Chela (ARG) – After Suitable Rest

COURT 4 start 1:00 pm
C Berlocq (ARG) vs F Volandri (ITA)
O Rochus (BEL) vs [Q] T Kamke (GER)
A Montanes (ESP) vs P Starace (ITA)
[1] O Marach (AUT) / A Peya (AUT) vs D Ferrer (ESP) / A Montanes (ESP) 62 52 – After Suitable Rest – 62 52

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