FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. – The two members of the Virginia men’s tennis team competing in US Open Qualifying suffered losses on Thursday. Sophomore Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) and first-year Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) were both defeated in the first round.
Jenkins fell in three sets to the No. 17 seed, Josselin Ouanna of France, the No. 137 player in the world. Jenkins won the first set in a tiebreaker, but Ouanna rallied in the next two sets for a 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-3 win.
Domijan suffered a first round loss to Bastian Knittel of Germany, the No. 232 player in the world. The German rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the first set to top Domijan 7-6(2), 6-4.
Former Cavalier Somdev Devvarman, who received direct entry into the main draw, learned his first round opponent on Thursday when the bracket was announced. He will play Kevin Anderson of South Africa, ranked No. 77 in the world. Anderson played collegiately at Illinois from 2005-07. This will be the first professional meeting between the two, who met twice in college. In the 2007 NCAA Singles Championship, Devvarman topped Anderson 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-3 in the semifinals before winning the title over Georgia’s John Isner the next day. In the regular season meeting between Virginia and Illinois that season at the Boar’s Head Sports Club, Devvarman edged Anderson 4-6, 7-6(5), 10-8, rallying from down 7-2 in the superbreaker to win. The two played doubles together at Wimbledon in 2009, advancing from qualifying into the main draw.
The 2010 US Open doubles draw will be announced on Saturday and main draw play will begin Monday.