DALLAS, Texas – Two members of the Virginia men’s tennis team advanced from qualifying to reach the main draw of the 2011 YP Challenger of Dallas, a $50,000 event on the ATP Challenger Tour at the T Bar M Racquet Club. Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) and Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) both won a pair of qualifying matches this weekend to reach the main draw, which starts Monday.
Domijan, the No. 6 seed in qualifying, had a first round bye before defeating Mauricio Antun of Brazil 6-1, 6-2 in the second round on Saturday. On Sunday, he topped the No. 2 seed, Gastao Elias of Portugal, the No. 356 ranked player in the world, 6-2, 6-3 in the final round of qualifying. On Monday he will play world No. 95, Rainier Schuettler of Germany, in the first round of the main draw.
Jenkins, the No. 7 seed in qualifying, also had a first round bye and topped Jeff Scarella of the United States in the second round, 6-2, 6-0. In the final round of qualifying on Sunday, he topped top seed, Raven Klaasen of South Africa, the No. 324 ranked player in the world, 3-6, 6-3 6-4. He will play world No. 190, Matthew Ebden of Australia, in the first round of the main draw on Monday.
“Alex and Jarmere are both playing well and did a good job executing today,” said head coach Brian Boland. “I know they are pleased to have advanced to the main draw and our excited about the next challenge. They both know they can compete with anyone and having an opportunity to play this event is another important step in their development as players. I know they continue to get better and improve with each day.”
The tournament, which features four of the top 100 players in the world runs through next Sunday at the T Bar M Racquet Club in suburban Dallas.