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Aug. 2, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Virginia men’s tennis player Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) fell in the opening round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic Tuesday at the FitzGerald Tennis Center. Devvarman was defeated by Edgardo Massa of Argentina 6-4, 6-0.

After falling behind 3-0 in the first set, Devvarman won four straight games to go up a break 4-3 in the first set. The Argentine, who has been ranked as high as No. 91 in the world, rallied to win the next three games to take the first set 6-4. Massa then took the second set to capture the win.

Devvarman, who is entering his junior year at Virginia, was a 2006 ITA All-American, as he reached the NCAA Singles final and finished the year ranked No. 8 in the collegiate rankings. He received a wild card entry into the main draw of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic.

The event is part of the U.S. Open Series, which features ten events throughout the United States and Canada during the six weeks prior to the U.S. Open. The field for this year’s Legg Mason Tennis Classic is highlighted by James Blake, Lleyton Hewitt, and Andre Agassi.

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