All in a Week's Work: Illinois Men's Tennis Report
Aug. 11, 2006
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois men's tennis has continued to provide Fighting Illini fans a venue to watch their favorite current and former players on the professional circuit this summer. Fightingillini.com will take you back into this past week's results to see how Illinois alumni and current student-athletes faired in their respective pro-circuit tournaments.
Current Illinois junior Kevin Anderson made his way into the semifinals of the Palmen Motors Southeastern Wisconsin Professional Men's Futures tournament in Kenosha, Wis. Opening the tournament as the No. 6 seed, Anderson has yet to drop a set and will meet top-seeded Daniel Yoo of Korea in the semis. Yoo, who struggled through his first round three-set match, then cruised through his next match to claim his spot opposite Anderson. Anderson and Yoo will face each other at the SMEDS Tennis Center on the campus of Carthage College on Saturday, Aug. 12. The match is scheduled to follow the first semifinal between Chris Lam (USA) and No. 7-seeded Adam Feeney (AUS) at 10 a.m., with the Anderson/Yoo semifinal not to begin before 11 a.m.
2006 graduate Ryler DeHeart also has continued to make a name for himself in the professional ranks, making his way into his second straight tournament final at the Beck Futures tournament in Decatur, Ill. Despite the tough run, DeHeart could not overcome Fritz Wolmarans of South Africa, falling 6-4, 6-3, in the final match. DeHeart also competed at the Palmen Motors tournament, falling in the second round of the 32-man singles draw.
Continuing Illinois' run in the finals, 2003 Illini Amer Delic reached the finals of the Odlum Brown Vancouver Open in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Delic, who fired past the Challenger Series tournaments' No. 1 and No. 3-seeded players to earn his ticket into the main event, fell to No. 4-seeded Rik De Voest of South Africa, 7-6(4), 6-2, in the finals. Delic has already had a successful summer season, also making the finals in Lexington and the semifinals in Zagreb. Following his appearance at the Vancouver Open, Delic traveled to Binghamton, N.Y., to take a crack at the dBI Tennis Challenger. Entering as the sixth-seed, Delic easily moved into the second round with a win over Peter Wessels of the Netherlands with a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(8) victory. The tournament advancement, however, fell short as he had to retire in the second to Scott Oudsema of the United States.
In other action, Anderson teamed with Brendan Davis (USA) in doubles competition at the Palmen Motors tournament, falling in the first round to Andrey Kumantsov of Russia and Bjorn Monroe of the Bahamas by a score of 6-4, 6-2. In the same doubles bracket, 2006 incoming freshman Billy Heiser paired with Yoo in the doubles bracket, also falling in the first round of the Kenosha event to the American tandem of Paul Rose and Ross Wilson, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.
Current Illinois junior Ruben Gonzales participated in the qualifying event for the Palmen Motors tournament, fighting his way into the third round of the qualifying draw before having to retire with the score on serve at 2-1 against Ryan Recht of the United States.
For complete results on the Palmen Motors Southeastern Wisconsin Professional Men's Futures tournament, visit www.USTA.com and click on the pro circuit tab at the top of the page.