Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wins for Illini-Day Two JSM Illinois Challenger

It was a day of winning for the past and present Fighting Illini as they represented the Big Ten and took the court at the JSM Illinois Challenger, held at the University’s Atkins Tennis Center.

Former Illini Ryler DeHeart partnered with Pierre-Ludovic Duclos to record a quick 6-1,6-2 first round doubles win over past college players Brett Joelson (Texas A&M) and Ashwin Kumar (Harvard).  They were followed by a teammate of DeHeart’s, 2003 NCAA Singles Champion Amer Delic. 
Delic was forced to take a year off when he was sidelined with a knee injury.  During that time he not only completed his recovery, but he also finished up his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Illinois.  He’s not quite ready to hang up the racket, though, and he proved that on the court.

Twenty-eight year old Amer Delic looked solid  --  emotionally and physically -- as he faced Qualifier Andrew Anderson.  He picked up a break early in the first for a 3-2 lead and carried it to a 6-4 set.  In the second set, Delic was just as on, exciting the crowd with his cross court winners and dropping just one game before he advanced to his second round match.  He will play Kei Nishikori on Wednesday afternoon.  Nishikori beat Australian Chris Guccione in straight sets, followed by a doubles match with partner Bobby Reynolds, a one time player for Vanderbilt University.

Present Illini Johnny Hamui and KU Singh had a 6-1,7-5 win in first round doubles over Adam El Mihdawy and  Daniel Yoo.  The match was full of some great doubles points on both sides.  Hamui and Singh have a day off while former Illini Brian Livingston and Ric Mortera play Guccione and Peter Luczak to decide their next round.  More Illinois players are on the schedule for day three with Dennis Nevolo and Abe Souza going against Alex Bogomolov and Alex Kuznetsov in doubles.

For full draws and results, visit the official website for the JSM Illinois Challenger.
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