Walker's wish has been granted, and if Kent and Walker can navigate the tough field, the two would meet for the title with Kent having a chance to defend his record.
The two met in the 2009 finals, with Walker taking the win.
But if it hadn't been for Kent, Walker might never have come to the Public Courts tournament at all.
"I used to work with him about 13 years ago and he's really turned into an unbelievable player," Kent said. "I wish I'd never told him about it to be honest, I'd have won a lot more."
Kent said he would welcome a rematch.
"We've had some battles over the years and I'd like to play Pat again at this tournament or another one," Kent said. "We hit from time to time, so we know each other's game pretty well. It's the same match every single time, I know what he's bringing to the table."
The 34-year-old Kent is aware that he will have to battle younger and fresher players in order to not only prevent Walker from tying his record, but to grab sole possession of it, as well.
But he believes he has enough left in the tank to get the job done.
"Yeah, I'm playing really solid, really consistent," Kent said. "I'm going to play one match at a time. I'm playing a lot of younger guys in this tournament that are playing more than I am, but I think I still have some game left."
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