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Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu Sweeps City of Hammond Men's Futures Singles and Doubles Titles

October 31, 2003 01:37 AM

Top seed, twenty year old Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan, had little trouble with American Lesley Joseph in the singles final of yesterday's City of Hammond Men's Futures event held at the Oak Knoll Country Club in Hammond, LA. Lu also partnered with Brazil's Bruno Soares to capture the doubles title.

Lu, who did not drop a set throughout the tournament, rolled over Joseph by a score of 6-2, 6-2. Lu has won two other ITF Circuit singles events in China and Japan this year.

His opponent, Lesley Jospeh, surprised many with his march towards the finals. The twenty-two year old from Rock Hill, SC, is a graduate of the University of Georgia. He won his first professional singles and doubles titles at the Futures Event of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico this past September.

In 2002 at UGA he played No. 4 singles with a 7-1 record and was 8-3 at No. 3. He was named second-team All-SEC in singles in 2001.

While Lu's road to the finals was a relatively easy one, Joseph's was much more difficult. Despite his limited professional match experience, Joseph displayed an impressive amount of composure throughout the week. He battled through two, difficult three-set matches against higher ranked opponents, including a win over No. 2 seed Dusan Vemic of Serbia in the quarterfinals.

Lu won $2,895 for winning the singles and doubles crowns, while Joseph took home $1,350 for his efforts.

Download the final singles and doubles draws here.

The USTA organizes, sponsors and administers the USTA Professional Circuit, the gateway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis professionals and a frequent battleground for established players. The 2003 circuit features nearly 100 events for men and women. Prize money at USTA Professional Circuit events ranges from $10,000 to $75,000, with more than $3 million in purses this year. Players also earn valuable ATP and WTA tour ranking points.

Among the players to have launched notable careers on the USTA Professional Circuit are: Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Lindsay Davenport, Michael Chang, Patrick Rafter, Mary Pierce, Todd Martin, Chanda Rubin, Alexandra Stevenson, Jan-Michael Gambill, Anna Kournikova, Meghann Shaughnessy, James Blake and Andy Roddick.

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