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Americans Dominate Nashville Pro Circuit Tourney

November 15, 2004 10:31 AM

American players showcased their dominance this past week as they occupied five of the eight quarterfinal berths at the Music City Challenger held in Nashville, TN. In the final round of the Music City Challenger in Nashville, TN, American tour veteran Justin Gimelstob defeated countryman Amer Delic in a tight straight sets, 7-6(3), 7-6(4).

Hometown favorite Brian Baker kicked-off the tournament with an upset victory over American and number No.1 seed, Kevin Kim, in front of 500 hometown spectators, winning handily 7-6, 6-3. Baker, the Nashville favorite in the $50,000 Music City Challenger, later had his title hopes derailed by Amer Delic in the quarterfinals. Delic, a native of Bosnia, finished strong in the third set against Baker for a 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 win on the Vanderbilt courts. Delic then met up with Brian Vahaly, former University of VA All-American, and defeated him in a grueling three set semi-final match. Delic's run was stopped by Justin Gimelstob in the finals in straight sets.

In doubles play, Americans Jason Marshall and Travis Parrott took the title at the Music City Challenger without dropping a set along the way. Bobby Reynolds kept a Vanderbilt stamp on the tourney as he and partner Brian Wilson reached the doubles semifinals. However, the Vanderbilt duo of Chad Harris and Scott Brown fell in their doubles quarterfinal match.

Download the Music City Challenger draw here.

Nashville tennis fans do not have to wait much longer for the opportunity to see more great professional tennis as Brian Baker will be back home on Dec. 18 to play in the “Nite at the Net" event which brings the U.S. Davis Cup team to Gaylord Entertainment Center. Baker and former Vanderbilt All-America Bobby Reynolds will play Davis Cup twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan in an event which also features Andy Roddick.

The USTA organizes, sponsors, and administers the USTA Pro 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 the USTA Pro Circuit events range 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. The USTA Pro Circuit boasts as alumni some of the biggest names in tennis, many of whom have gone on to Grand Slam titles, including Andre Agassi, Lindsay Davenport, Chanda Rubin, Tim Henman, James Blake, and Mary Pierce.

To check out the USTA Pro Circuit schedule for an event coming to your area, click here.




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