Mike Wolf just wants to have fun.
That's the goal of the former Kansas tennis standout during the Mainline Classic. Wolf entered the Mainline qualifying at the last minute.
``I'm just playing for the fun of it,'' Wolf said, ``to get the competitive spirit going again.''
Wolf won the 1990 Mainline title, but he hasn't played much competitive tennis lately.
But he won his opening qualifying match, 6-0, 7-5, over Brian Twente of Malibu, Calif., on Friday at the Allen Fieldhouse courts.
Wolf, who runs a tennis academy at Alvamar, had no intention of entering the tournament. But some of his students prompted him. So late Thursday afternoon, he submitted his entry.
Wolf played in a Dallas tournament in April and another last December.
``THOSE TWO tournaments are my only ones in the last year,'' he said.
With that in mind, he couldn't complain about his showing Friday.
``Not bad,'' he said, ``but some of what I do is pretty ugly.''
A total of 190 players entered the qualifying, which continues through Monday. Sixteen of those players qualify for the main draw of 64, which begins Tuesday and runs through July 5.
The Mainline is a USTA circuit stop which offers a purse of $12,500.
Wolf said he didn't expect to reach the main draw.
``I doubt it,'' he said.
The qualifying matches, Wolf said, can be rugged.
``It's not tougher (than the main draw),'' he said, ``but it's competitive. There are a lot of guys who are very hungry and want to get into the main draw.''
EARLIER FRIDAY, Shiloh Buth, younger brother of Kansas junior tennis player Rhain Buth, dropped his opening qualifying match. Jim Madrigal of Brentwood, Tenn., defeated Shiloh Buth, 6-1, 6-1.
Buth, who recently completed his senior year at Wichita Southeast High, said he's undecided about a college.
``I'm thinking maybe a junior college to start out,'' Buth said. ``I don't know if I can make it (in tennis) in a big college yet. Maybe Johnson County. And there's a couple places in Oklahoma and Texas.''
But he does plan to play tennis in college, and he said he might eventually transfer to KU if he attends a junior college.
Buth, who competed in the Mainline qualifying for the second straight year, said the competition would help him.
``He (Madrigal) was a good player,'' Buth said. ''He had a real big serve, which I had a hard time getting back. There are a lot of tough players here. It's a real good experience.''
Buth said he's kept busy since his high school season.
``I've been playing a lot of tournaments,'' he said. ``I'm not sure if I'm going to keep on playing this summer.''
Buth's brother, Rhain, received an automatic berth in the main draw.