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ATLANTA, Ga. — Virginia senior tennis player Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) will compete in the USTA Australian Open Wild Card Playoff this weekend in Atlanta. The winner of the tournament, held at the Racquet Club of the South, will receive the USTA’s main draw wild card into the 2011 Australian Open.

Shabaz is seeded sixth in the eight player field and will meet third-seeded Ryan Harrison in the first round on Friday. Harrison, ranked No. 173 in the world, is just 18 years old and won the wild card tournament last year. Last month, Shabaz defeated Harrison 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the second round of the Virginia National Bank Championships, the ATP Challenger Tour event at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.

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Also this week, Shabaz was featured in the latest College Spotlight interview on the USTA website. To read the interview, click here.

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