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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Young Wins First ATP match; Warburg Takes Bronx Challenger; Anderson Qualifies for Pilot Pen

Wild card Donald Young won his first ATP level match today in New Haven, Conn., defeating 2003 NCAA champion Amer Delic 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the Pilot Pen. Young told the AP after the match that he was "relieved." He plays top seed and Cincinnati semifinalist Davydenko next.

Sam Warburg, the 2005 Stanford grad, was previously best known for defeating Pete Sampras in World Team Tennis play, but he's had a very solid summer, qualifying for Wimbledon, reaching the semis at the Binghamton Challenger last week, and winning his first Challenger level event today at the $50K in the Bronx. I assume he'll be in US Open qualifying next week and playing with a lot of confidence.

Kevin Anderson, the University of Illinois senior, won a Futures in June, reached the finals of the Winnetka Challenger last month and today won his third qualifying match at the Pilot Pen to earn one of the 48 spots in the draw. He faces Arnaud Clement of France and should he win that, James Blake. John Isner will play 2004 NCAA champion Benjamin Becker for the second time in his short pro career Monday night.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is Anderson going pro?

Anonymous said...

It wouldnt be surprising if Anderson went pro after how well he has been doing. But, Iliinois has a good shot at winning it all this year so he may want to stay and try to win NCAA's.

Anonymous said...

Anderson and Levine are going Pro......done deal both

Anonymous said...

I don't understand how Donald Young can win a challenger and beat Amer Delic and lose sets in junior wimbledon. I question if he can win consistently on the ATP Tour two years from now when there will be pressure on him to beat guys like Delic instead of the other way around.

Austin said...

When he plays in the juniors I think he plays not to lose rather than playing to win because he has so much pressure on him. He knows if he loses a junior match people will jump all over him. He is basically in a lose-lose situation because even if he wins the tournament he might get questioned because of how he went about winning it. Not too bad of a position to be in though.

Anderson will probably take this semester off and then play for the Illini in the spring so that when he turns pro he will already be top250 or so and not have to play futures for the first few months.

Anonymous said...

anyone know when the junior wild cards will be made public

Anonymous said...

Anderson has previously said he needs to be top 200 to consider leaving early.

Look for UVa to add another big name to this year's team (likely within the next week).

This year's Virginia team may be better than last years group at Georgia