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Circuit Player of the Week: Wayne Odesnik

May 25, 2008 12:40 PM
Wayne Odesnik
Birthdate:
Nov. 21, 1985
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Residence: Weston, Fla.
Height: 5’ 11"
Weight: 170 lbs.
Plays: Left-handed; two-handed backhand
Turned pro: 2004

Wayne Odesnik ended 2005 with a 10-match winning streak, capturing back-to-back titles at the USTA Futures events in Honolulu and Waikoloa, Hawaii. Now the 20-year-old lefty is at it again. He just claimed the third and fourth pro titles of his career over the last two weeks, taking home consecutive championships at the Little Rock, Ark., and Mobile, Ala., Futures.

In Little Rock, held March 20-26, Odesnik cruised through the draw without dropping a set in any of his matches and defeated Scott Oudsema, 6-2, 6-2, in the final. Last week’s Mobile tournament was a bit more challenging for Odesnik, as he was taken to three sets in four of the five matches he played, but he pulled through in each, including the final, in which he posted a come-from-behind win over Harsh Mankad, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Odesnik is coming off a career year in 2005, when he reached singles finals in Costa Mesa, Calif., Auburn, Calif., and Mobile, Ala., the doubles final in Harlingen, Texas, and singles semifinals in Arlington, Texas, and Vero Beach, Fla.

Currently ranked 256th in the INDESIT ATP Rankings, Odesnik received a wild card into this week's $50,000 USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger and will take on Glenn Weiner in his opening-round match Tuesday.

– Sally Milano, USTA.com


RANKING HISTORY
2005 – 270 (ATP)
2004 – 383 (ATP)
2003 – 446 (ATP)
2002 – 31* (USTA 18s), 49* (ITF), 752 (ATP)
2001 – 4* (USTA 16s), 44* (USTA 18s), 122* (ITF)
2000 – 2* (USTA 14s), 33* (USTA 16s)
1999 – 26* (USTA 14s)
*Highest ranking attained during the year

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

2006

  • Captured back-to-back singles titles at the Futures events in Little Rock, Ark., and Mobile, Ala... Defeated Scott Oudsema, 6-2, 6-2, in the final of Little Rock and Harsh Mankad, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, in the final of Mobile.

2005

  • Won back-to-back USTA Futures titles in Honolulu (defeated Sam Querrey, 6-4, 6-3, in the final) and Waikoloa, Hawaii (defeated Scott Lipsky, 6-1, 6-1, in the final).
  • Finished runner-up in singles at three USTA Futures events during the year – Costa Mesa, Calif. (lost to Sam Warburg, 7-5, 6-4), Auburn, Calif. (lost to Ryan Newport, 6-2, 6-3), and Mobile, Ala. (lost to eventual champion Todd Widom, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2).
  • Reached the single semifinals at the USTA Futures events in Arlington, Texas (fell to eventual champion Michael Russell, 6-4, 6-1), and Vero Beach, Fla. (lost to Brendan Evans, 6-7 (0), 6-2, 7-5).
  • Was a singles quarterfinalist at the USTA Futures events in Woodland, Calif., and Tampa, Fla., losing to eventual champion Jose de Armas in both matches.
  • Reached the doubles final (with Josh Goffi) and singles quarterfinals at the USTA Futures event in Harlingen, Texas.

2004

  • Ended the year by reaching consecutive finals at USTA Futures events in Honolulu (lost to Brendan Evans, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4), in three tiebreak sets), and Waikoloa, Hawaii (lost to Horia Tecau, 6-4, 6-4)... Also finished runner-up in doubles in Honolulu.
  • Reached the singles final at the USTA Futures event in Laguna Niguel, Calif., losing to Horia Tecau, 6-3, 6-2.
  • Advanced to the semifinals of the ITF Futures event in Lohr am Main, Germany, where he lost to Lars Uebel, 6-3, 6-3.

2003

  • Reached the semifinals at the ITF Futures event in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, falling to eventual champion Jacob Adaktusson, 6-4, 6-4.
  • Posted impressive results at three ITF Futures events held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in September and October, winning one tournament, reaching two semifinals and two quarterfinals... Also won the first pro title of his career in singles at the ITF event in Montego Bay in April, coming from behind to defeat Juan Monaco, 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-0, in the final.
  • Advanced to quarterfinals at consecutive USTA Futures events in Joplin, Mo. (lost to eventual champion Todd Widom, 7-6 (4), 6-1), and Peoria, Ill. (lost to Alejandro Asta, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2).

2002

  • Qualified into the Lexington, Ky., Challenger and advanced to the second round before falling to Louis Vosloo, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.
  • Advanced to the semifinals of the USTA Futures event in Vero Beach, Fla., where he lost to Ricardo Schlachter, 7-5, 6-3.

JUNIOR HIGHLIGHTS

2004

  • Reached the singles quarterfinals at the boys’ 18 USTA National Hard Court Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.

2003

  • Finished runner-up in singles at the boys’ 18 California Bowl.

2002

  • Reached the round of 16 at the boys’ 18 USTA Super National Hard Court Championships.
  • Reached the singles round of 16 at the 24th Gerdau Tennis Cup in Brazil and the 38th Coffee Bowl in Costa Rica.

2001

  • Reached the doubles quarterfinals (with Jarrett Chirico) and the singles round of 16 at the 24th International Casablanca Tennis Junior Cup.
  • Was a doubles quarterfinalist (with Chirico) at the 15th Yucatan Cup.
  • Advanced to the singles semifinals at the Prince Cup.
  • Won the singles title and was a doubles semifinalist (with Basu Ratnam) at the El Paso Youth Tennis Centre ITF Tournament.
  • Reached the singles round of 16 at the Chanda Rubin North/Central American & Caribbean Closed Championships.
  • Was a semifinalist in both singles and doubles (with Chirico) at the USTA Junior International Hard Court Championships.
  • Advanced to the doubles quarterfinals (with Chirico) at the USTA Junior International Grass Court Championships.
  • Finished in third place in singles and doubles (with Chirico) at the boys’ 16 USTA Super National Hard Court Championships.
  • Was a boys’ 16 singles semifinalist and doubles quarterfinalist (with Chirico) at the USTA Super National Clay Court Championships.
  • Won the singles title at the Curacao Junior Open.
  • Reached the singles quarterfinals at the boys’ 18 Gator Bowl.
  • Won the doubles title (with Chirico) and was a singles quarterfinalist at the boys’ 16 USTA Super National Spring Championships – The Easter Bowl.
  • Reached the singles semifinals and the doubles quarterfinals (with Robert Yim) at the Panama Bowl.

2000

  • Was a singles and doubles quarterfinalist (with Brendan Evans) at the Spare Time International Junior Tennis Championships.
  • Finished runner-up in singles and reached the doubles quarterfinals (with Evans) at the Easter Bowl.
  • Advanced to the singles round of 16 at the Regional ITF Junior Tennis Championships – Baton Rouge.

1999

  • Reached the boys’ 14 doubles quarterfinals (with Michael Green) at the Easter Bowl.

PERSONAL

  • Father, Harold, is a jeweler. Mother, Janice, is a computer coordinator. Older brother, Darren.
  • Introduced to tennis at age 7 by his grandmother.
  • Is coached by Kyle Mayberry.
  • Describes himself as an all-court player, with hard and clay being his favorite court surfaces.
  • Favorite tennis player is Andre Agassi.
  • Enjoys sports in his spare time. Also likes to listen to music, watch TV, go to the beach and spend time with friends.
  • Hopes to become a top ATP player in future.
 

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