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Sept. 16, 2005

CLAREMONT, Calif. – Virginia men’s tennis player Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) run in the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center USTA Pro Classic on the Futures Tour ended with a quarterfinal loss on Friday.

Devvarman, who enters the fall ranked No. 12 in the ITA collegiate rankings, fell to Honia Tecau 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. Tecau, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, is currently ranked No. 361 in the world and has already won a Futures Circuit singles tournament this year.

The USTA Futures Tour is a professional tour designed for players building their professional careers. Current college players are allowed to play on the tour to gain experience and improve their ranking, while not accepting prize money.

In other Cavalier men’s tennis action on Friday, Jarrett Chirico (Sarasota, Fla.) and Eric Riley (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) competed at the Crimson Tide Fall Invitational in Tuscaloosa, Ala. In singles play, Chirico upset the No. 5 seed, Jonathas Sucupira of Florida State 2-6, 7-6, 10-7 in the first round before falling to Ivan Bjelica of Mississippi State in the second round of the “A” draw. Riley defeated Kavi Sud of William & Mary before falling to Adrien Debryne of Minnesota in the second round of the “B” draw.

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