WIMBLEDON, England – Former Cavalier tennis player Somdev Devvarman will make his Grand Slam debut next week after qualifying for the doubles main draw at Wimbledon. Devvarman teamed with Kevin Anderson to win two matches in the qualifying draw to advance to the main draw field of 64.
The tournament marks the first time that the two players have teamed together. Anderson, from South Africa, was a three-time All-American at Illinois from 2005-07 and won the 2006 NCAA Doubles Championship. Last year, Anderson teamed with Robert Lindstedt of Sweden to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals, before falling to eventual champions Daniel Nestor of Canada and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia.
In the first round of qualifying, Devvarman and Anderson defeated No. 8 seed Sergei Bubka and Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. In the second round of qualifying on Wednesday, the duo topped Alessandro Motti of Italy and Joseph Sirianni of Australia 7-6(0), 6-7(1), 8-6 to qualify for the main draw.
The 64-team doubles draw will be announced on Friday at the All England Club.