Tuesday was a busy day at the L.A. Tennis Open, the ATP 250 event on the bucolic UCLA campus. Marat Safin (click here), Sam Querrey with his Samurai, John Isner, Robby Ginepri, Ernests Gulbis, Taylor Dent, and Marcos Baghdatis all played their first round singles matches today. Here’s some of the action from the stadiums and practice courts.
Taylor Dent gets his own gallery because of his insane facial expressions. The guy is a “hunk” in the most literal sense – he’s built like Paul Bunyon! Which must be why he can whack his serve down at 144 m.p.h. It’s really a sight to see. Despite all that power, Dent faded in the third set and lost to Ryan Sweeting.
The results for Day 2: Singles – First Round
 Igor Kunitsyn (RUS) d [Q] Somdev Devvarman (IND) 75 62
 Sam Querrey (USA) d Denis Istomin (UZB) 62 60
John Isner (USA) d  Benjamin Becker (GER) 76(8) 76(3)
 Marat Safin (RUS) d [SE] Robby Ginepri (USA) 36 63 64
Ernests Gulbis (LAT) d Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) 75 62
[Q] Ryan Sweeting (USA) d [WC] Taylor Dent (USA) 64 26 63
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) d [SE] Frank Dancevic (CAN) 76(3) 63
[Q] Carsten Ball (AUS) d Marc Gicquel (FRA) 62 76(6)
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d [Q] Josselin Ouanna (FRA) 62 63
Tomorrow’s marquee match-ups include Safin vs. Gulbis, Isner vs. Baghdatis and Haas vs. Jesse Levine.