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Kudla cruises to Charlottesville singles title

November 5, 2012 03:30 PM
Denis Kudla will play in his first men's singles draw at Roland Garros in 2013.
By Scott Ratcliffe, special to USTA.com

– After a week of exciting tennis, No. 8 singles seed Denis Kudla and No. 2 doubles seeds John Peers and John-Patrick Smith took home the respective hardware at this year’s Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger at The Boar’s Head Sports Club.

Kudla, who won his first-ever youth tennis tournament at The Boar’s Head when he was just eight years old, dominated Kuznetsov from the first serve of the match. The 20-year-old resident of Arlington, Va., started the match by breaking his opponent’s serve, a trend that continued all afternoon. In the first set, which took just over 20 minutes to complete, Kudla broke Kuznetsov twice more en route to a 6-0 win, taking 77 percent of the points played (24 of 31), including 12 of 15 return points.

Kuznetszov, who admitted after the match that Kudla was "way too good for me today," finally notched a game to begin the second set but ultimately fell 6-3 and settled for the runner-up prize.

Kudla, who was also presented with the tournament’s annual Chase Sportsmanship Award, received 90 points and $10,800 in prize money, while Kuznetsov earned 55 points and $6,360. Kudla went on to break Kuznetsov two more times in the second set and won 60 of the 94 points played in Sunday’s final match.

On the doubles side, Peers and Smith survived a tough first set against University of Virginia standout Jarmere Jenkins and fellow American Jack Sock, 7-5. The second set was a different story, as Peers and Smith took control by winning the first five games and dropping only one. The duo will split $4,650 and 90 points.

The Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger featured 32 singles players and a 16-team doubles field. Thanks to the generosity of this year’s sponsors, admission to the tournament was free all week and benefited Special Olympics Virginia. The Boar’s Head Sports Club is located at 200 Wellington Drive in Charlottesville.

The tournament is one of only 29 professional tournaments and features men that will quickly rise to the upper levels of the ATP Tour, play in the Grand Slam Championships and represent their country at the Davis Cup and in the Olympics. Ranked between 100 and 400 in the world and representing over 100 countries, tournament participants include some of the best young talent in the game. Past tour participants who have earned their starts on the USTA Pro Circuit Futures Tour have included Andre Agassi, James Blake, Todd Martin and many others.

For more information on the Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger, visit The Boar’s Head online at www.boarsheadinn.com.

With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 33 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering nearly $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, Caroline Wozniacki,  James Blake,  Li Na,  Andy Murray  and  Mardy Fish  are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.

Full results from Sunday's play are below:

Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger
A USTA Pro Circuit Event
Sunday, November 4
Boar’s Head Sports Club
Charlottesville, Va.
Purse: $75,000
Surface: Hard-Indoor

Sunday, November 4 – RESULTS:

Men's Singles - Final

[8] Denis Kudla, United States d Alex Kuznetsov, United States, 6-0, 6-3

Men’s Doubles - Final
[2] John Peers, Australia / John-Patrick Smith, Australia d [WC] Jarmere Jenkins, United States / Jack Sock, United States, 7-5, 6-1


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