Cavalier Alumni Having Success in Pro Tennis
Aug. 22, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Two former University of Virginia tennis All-Americans have had recent success on the professional tennis circuits. Brian Vahaly (’01) and Huntley Montgomery (’01) have each won professional tournaments this month.
Vahaly spent the month of July playing for the New York Buzz of World Team Tennis. Last week, he competed in the GHI Bronx Tennis Classic, where he reached the singles semifinals and won the doubles title, playing with Cecil Mamiit.
“I had a great run in World Team Tennis which reminded me a lot of my UVa days,” said Vahaly. “It was nice to be on a team again and feel that sense of camaraderie when you are used to traveling alone. From there, I just recently had some great success at the Bronx tournament reaching the finals of singles and winning the doubles. I think it has been a great run for me and I look forward to posting even better results at the US Open next week.”
Earlier this month, Montgomery won a doubles title. Playing with Tripp Phillips, Montgomery was a doubles champion at the dBI Tennis Challenger in Binghamton, N.Y. This summer, Montgomery cracked the top 100 of the world doubles rankings for the first time in his career. He also played in the first major ATP events of his career, in Newport, R.I. and Indianapolis.
“This year has been a busy one for me and I have accomplished some big goals,” said Montgomery. “I am going to see if I can get into the ATP events in Asia, if not I will continue to play challenger events here. I am trying to finish the year strong so I have a chance at next year’s Australian Open.”