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Aug 23, 2013

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. – Former Virginia men’s tennis player Somdev Devvarman (Class of 2008) advanced to the main draw of the 2013 US Open after winning three matches in qualifying this week. He will play Lukas Lacko of Slovakia in the first round of the tournament early next week.

Devvarman, who was seeded No. 6 in qualifying, downed world No. 175 James Ward of Great Britain 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in the final round on Friday. Earlier in the week he defeated former world No. 15 Robby Ginepri in the second round, 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-2, and world No. 227 Fabiano De Paula of Brazil 6-4, 6-3, in the first round.

Jarmere Jenkins (Class of 2013) also competed in qualifying, but fell in the final round round on Friday, 6-3, 6-4, to world No. 176 Thomas Fabbiano of Italy. Jenkins posted the highest ranked win of his professional career on Thursday with a 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-3 win over seventh-seeded and world No. 115 Julian Reister of Germany. In the first round, Jenkins, who received a wild card into qualifying, defeated world No. 252 Gerald Melzer of Austria 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

There were 12 current or former collegiate players in this year’s field of 128 qualifiers and the only two to reach the final round were the two Virginia players, Devvarman and Jenkins.

The doubles team of Treat Huey (Class of 2008) and Dominic Inglot (Class of 2009) will be in the main draw of doubles at the US Open. This week the duo is competing at the Winston-Salem Open, where they have reached the final.

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