tsts

email_us_left_rail_box_85x40 staff_directory_left_rail_box_85x40
contact_us_left_rail_box_85x40 top_jr_tournaments_left_rail_box_85x40
join_jr_team_left_rail_box_85x40 join_adult_team_left_rail_box_85x40
ntrp_tournaments_left_rail_box_85x40 age_level_tournaments_left_rail_box_85x40
search_in_tennislink
jr_tournaments_left_rail_box_85x40 jr_rankings_left_rail_box_85x40
find_jtt_left_rail_box_85x40 adult_rankings_left_rail_box_85x40
usta_league_left_rail_box_85x40 adult_tournaments_left_rail_box_85x40
 
facebook_60x47instagram_60x47_16twitter_60x47

tennislink_left_rail_180x65
 
TW_Logo_1019_180
 
USTAS_en_Espanol_18
 
 

Brian Vahaly's Victory in Florida Earns Him USTA Circuit Player of the Week Honors

April 13, 2005 10:47 AM

Brian Vahaly of Atlanta took home the third USTA Challenger title of his career and his first in three years Sunday, when he upset fifth-seeded Justin Gimelstob, 6-4, 6-0, in the final of the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger in Tallahassee, Fla. Vahaly, who was unseeded in the $50,000 event, did not drop a set in any of his five matches in the tournament. With the victory, he moves up 40 spots in the INDESIT ATP Entry Rankings to No. 195 in the world.

In doubles, the title went to Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Alexander Peya of Austria. The second-seeded duo knocked off Americans Goran Dragicevic and Mirko Pehar, 6-2, 7-5, for the championship.

The win also led to his being named Circuit Player of the Week by the USTA. Vahaly, who also picked up a win in Tallahassee in 2002, did not drop a set in any of his five matches during the week.

Vahaly, 25, has had an impressive pro career since graduating from the University of Virginia in 2001 as the school’s winningest player in history. On the USTA Pro Circuit, he has won a total of eight titles – six in singles and two in doubles – and has finished runner-up nine times, reaching four singles and five doubles finals.

Brian Vahaly, © Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images
Birthdate:
July 19, 1979
Birthplace: Camden, N.J.
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Height: 6’ 0”
Weight: 180 lbs.
Plays: Right-handed
Turned pro: 2001


Twenty-five-year-old Brian Vahaly of Atlanta took home the third USTA Challenger title of his career and his first in three years Sunday, when he upset fifth-seeded Justin Gimelstob, 6-4, 6-0, in the final of the $50,000 Tallahassee Tennis Challenger in Tallahassee, Fla. Vahaly, who also picked up a win in Tallahassee in 2002, did not drop a set in any of his five matches during the week. With the victory, he moves up 40 spots in the INDESIT ATP Entry Rankings to No. 195 in the world.

Vahaly, a 6-foot right-hander, has had an impressive pro career since graduating from the University of Virginia in 2001 as the school’s winningest player in history. On the USTA Pro Circuit, he has won a total of eight titles – six in singles and two in doubles – and has finished runner-up nine times, reaching four singles and five doubles finals.

In ATP play, Vahaly had his most successful year in 2003, when he won a career-high 12 matches and was ranked a career-best 64th in the world. That year, he advanced to the singles semifinals in Memphis, the doubles semifinals in Newport, Washington, D.C., and Halle, Germany, and the singles quarterfinals at Indian Wells. He also made his Grand Slam debuts at the Australian Open and Roland Garros and was featured as one of People magazine’s 25 Most Eligible Bachelors.

RANKING HISTORY
2004 – 237 (ATP)
2003 – 75 (ATP)
2002 – 99 (ATP)
2001 – 5 (singles, ITA), 1 (doubles, ITA), 403 (ATP)
2000 – 5 (ITA), 1082 (ATP)
1999 – 16 (ITA)
1998 – 31 (ITA)
1997 – Not ranked
1996 – 7 (USTA 18s)
1995 – 4 (USTA 16s)
1994 – 25 (USTA 16s)
1993 – 11 (USTA 14s)

2005 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Won his third career USTA Challenger in Tallahassee, Fla., defeating Justin Gimelstob, 6-4, 6-0, in the final.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2004

  • Reached the semifinals of the USTA Challenger in Nashville, Tenn., falling to Amer Delic, 6-7 (10), 7-6 (6), 6-4.
  • Advanced to the doubles final (with Robert Kendrick) and the singles quarterfinals at the USTA Challenger in Austin, Texas.
  • Won the doubles title (with Paul Goldstein) and finished runner-up in singles at the USTA Challenger in College Station, Texas.
  • Was a doubles semifinalist (with Robert Kendrick) at the ATP event in Washington, D.C.
  • Lost to Vincent Spadea, 6-1, 7-6 (5), in the second round of the ATP event in Newport, R.I.
  • Won the doubles title (with Scott Humphries) at the USTA Challenger in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

2003

  • Enjoyed a breakthrough season on the ATP circuit, winning a career-high 12 matches, advancing to his first SF and reaching a career-high ranking of No. 64 in the world the week of March 17… Also made his Grand Slam debuts at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, as well as his first appearances at the Tennis Masters Series level.
  • Finished runner-up at the USTA Challenger in Champaign, Ill., falling to Paul Goldstein, 6-3, 6-1.
  • Reached the second round of the ATP events in Tokyo (lost to Robert Kendrick, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4), Bangkok (lost to Carlos Moya, 7-5, 6-4), Indianapolis (lost to Wesley Moodie, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (1) and St. Poelten, Austria (lost to Richard Krajicek, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3).
  • Advanced to the doubles semifinals (with Andy Roddick) and the singles round of 16 at the ATP event in Washington, D.C... In singles, lost to Paradorn Srichaphan, 7-6 (3), 6-4.
  • Reached the doubles semifinals at the ATP events in Newport, R.I.,(with Graydon Oliver) and Halle, Germany (with Todd Perry).
  • Gave his best peformance to date at a Grand Slam, reaching the second round of Wimbledon, before falling to Tommy Robredo, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.
  • Was a quarterfinalist at Indian Wells... Defeated Fernando Gonzalez, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Tommy Robredo in the first three rounds before losing to Vincent Spadea.
  • Reached his first ATP semifinal in Memphis, falling to Andy Roddick, 7-5, 6-1.
  • Advanced to the quarterfinals of the USTA Challenger in Joplin, Mo... Lost to Kevin Kim, 6-2, 7-6 (5).
  • Was a quarterfinalist at the ATP event in Adelaide, Australia, where he lost to Richard Krajicek, 6-1, 6-3.

2002

  • Advanced to the semifinals at the USTA Challenger in Tyler, Texas, where he lost to Paul Goldstein, 6-1, 6-2.
  • Was a doubles semifinalist (with Cecil Mamiit) at the USTA Challenger in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Reached doubles finals at the USTA Challengers in Tallahassee, Fla., and Rocky Mount, N.C. (with Huntley Montgomery).
  • Reached the quarterfinals of the USTA Challenger in Burbank, Calif., losing to Michael Russell, 6-3, 7-5.
  • Advanced to the round of 16 at the ATP event in Washington, D.C., falling to Andre Agassi, 6-1, 7-6 (3).
  • Won the singles title at the USTA Challenger in Aptos, Calif., defeating Noam Behr, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, in the final.
  • Won the first USTA Challenger title of his career in Tallahassee, Fla., where he defeated Justin Gimelstob, 7-6 (5), 6-4, in the final.
  • Was a semifinalist at the USTA Challenger in Rocky Mount, N.C... Lost to Alex Kim, 6-3, 6-3.
  • Finished runner-up at the USTA Challenger in Tarzana, Calif., falling to Eric Taino, 6-2, 7-6 (6).
  • Won the ITF Challenger in Hamilton, New Zealand, where he beat Louis Vosloo, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, in the final.
  • Reached the quarterfinals of the ITF Challenger in Gosford, Australia... Fell to Bjorn Rehnquist, 6-3, 6-2, in the final.
  • Advanced to the quarterfinals of the USTA Futures event in Houston, losing to Travis Rettenmaier, 7-5, 7-6 (1).
  • Won the singles title at the USTA Futures event in Brownsville, Texas... Defeated Nicolas Todero, 6-3, 7-6 (5), in the final.
  • Finished runner-up in doubles (with Huntley Montgomery) at the USTA Challenger in Dallas.
  • Was a quarterfinalist at the USTA Futures events in Delray Beach and Aventura, Fla... Also reached the doubles semifinals in Aventura (with Huntley Montgomery).

2001

  • Won the singles title at the USTA Futures event in Laguna Niguel, Calif., defeating John Doran, 7-6 (3), 6-2, in the final... Also reached the doubles final (with Travis Parrott).
  • Reached the quarterfinals of the USTA Futures event in Malibu, Calif., before falling to Paul Goldstein, 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-4.
  • Won consecutive singles titles at ITF Futures events in Kingston, Jamaica (defeated Daniel Willman, 7-6 (4), 6-3, in the final) and Montego Bay, Jamaica (defeated Julien Cassaigne, 3-6, 6-1, 6-0, in the final).
  • Finished runner-up at the USTA Futures event in Pittsburgh... Lost to Jaymon Crabb, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, in the final.
  • Won the single title at the USTA Futures event in Quogue, N.Y., defeating Bjorn Jacob, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, in the final.
  • Advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITF Futures event in Montreal, where he lost to Benjamin Cassaigne, 7-5, 6-2.

2000

  • Reached the quarterfinals at the USTA Futures event in Clearwater, Fla., falling to Peter Luczak, 7-5, 6-3.

1999

  • Advanced to doubles semifinals (with Chad Carlson) at the USTA Futures events in Redding, Calif., and Danville, Calif.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Played four years at the University of Virginia (1997-2001) for coach Dick Stockton and graduated with a double major of Finance and Marketing in 2001… Finished his career as the school’s all-time winningest player.
  • Earned All-American honors in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and was a four-time All-ACC selection… In his last two seasons, received ACC Player of the Year honors and, as a senior, was named Virginia Male Athlete of the Year.

2000-01

  • Reached the NCAA singles final as a non-seed, losing to Matias Boeker of Georgia in the final and ending a 20-match singles win streak… Lost in the NCAA doubles semifinals (with Huntley Montgomery) to USC’s Ryan Moore and Nick Rainey in three sets.
  • Finished the season ranked No. 5 in singles (40-6 record) and No. 1 in doubles (34-8).

1999-2000

  • Swept the singles and doubles (with Ed Carter) titles at the ITA Summer National Championships (sanctioned as the USTA National Amateurs), defeating K.J. Hippensteel in the final.
  • Reached the final of the ITA National Clay Court Championships, losing to Oskar Johansson of Arkansas.

1998-99

  • Ended the year ranked No. 16 (was No. 2 after the fall, the highest-ever ranking for a player from UVa)… Became the first University of Virginia player to earn all-America honors.
  • Reached the final of the ITA All-American Championships, losing to K.J. Hippensteel.

1997-98

  • Ended the year ranked No. 31.
  • Was named ACC Rookie of the Year after posting a 21-10 record as a freshman.

PERSONAL

  • Full name is Brian Pennington Vahaly.
  • Began playing tennis at the age of two with his parents, Barry and Karen.
  • Has one older sister, Kelly.
  • Graduated from high school at The Lovett School in 1997, where he was an honor roll student all four years.
  • Tennis role model growing up was Michael Chang.
  • Named one of People magazine’s 25 Most Eligible Bachelors in 2003.
  • In August 2003, unveiled the Brian Vahaly Brighter Future Foundation to promote youth and collegiate tennis in Georgia, along with helping homeless people.
  • Hobbies include hiking and golf.
  • Favorite surface is hard court and considers backhand strongest part of his game.
  • Is coached by Scott McCain and Jerry Baskin.
  • Will compete in World TeamTennis in 2005... Was drafted by the New York Buzz, captained by Jim Courier.
 

Back

 


Print Article Email Article Newsletter Signup Share
 
Newsletter Signup
USTA Shop
 
 
 
 
Close