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Scoville Jenkins: Circuit Player of the Week

September 21, 2005 10:53 AM

Scoville Jenkins

Birthdate: Sept. 23, 1986
Birthplace: Atlanta, Ga.
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Height: 6’ 2”
Weight: 170 lbs.
Plays: Right-handed; two-handed backhand
Turned pro: 2004

Rising young star Scoville Jenkins is back in action this week after an impressive performance at the 2005 US Open. The charismatic teenager, who turns 19 this Friday, is competing as a wild card at the $50,000 Lubbock Challenger in Lubbock, Texas, where he has already posted an upset in his opening match, knocking out No. 8 seed Chris Guccione of Australia, 6-4, 6-3. He is expected to play his second-round match Wednesday against Switzerland's Ivo Heuberger.

Jenkins, who was one of the biggest stories of the 2004 US Open after playing Andy Roddick in his opening-round match, again captured the media’s attention at the 2005 tournament. He won his first career Grand Slam match against George Bastl in a fifth-set tie-break, 7-6 (4), 6-0, 6-7 (1), 4-6, 7-6 (5), getting hugs from spectators following the victory. He then had a strong showing against reigning French Open champion Rafael Nadal in his second-round match, in which he fell to the No. 2 seed, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.

Jenkins also reached the second round in the men’s US Open doubles event. Teaming with Bobby Reynolds, the duo posted a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Americans Brian Baker and Rajeev Ram, and then took the No. 1-seeded team of Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi to three sets before losing, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-1.

Born and raised in Atlanta, Jenkins turned pro in 2004 and has been going strong ever since. In singles play on the USTA Pro Circuit, he reached his first professional semifinal at the Futures event in Harlingen, Texas, in March. He went on to reach the quarterfinals or better in four consecutive tournaments this summer: The semifinals at the Auburn, Calif., Futures, the week of June 14; quarterfinals at the Chico, Calif., Futures the week of June 21; the Aptos, Calif., Challenger the week of July 11; and the Lexington, Ky., Challenger the week of July 25.

In doubles action, the 6’ 2” right-hander won the first pro title of his career at the Lexington Challenger. He also finished runner-up at the Woodland, Calif., Futures in June and reached the semifinals at the Binghamton, N.Y., Challenger, in August.

In addition to his impressive USTA Pro Circuit results, Jenkins has also shown promise at the ATP level, posting his Tour win against Jarkko Nieminen in New Haven the week prior to the US Open.

RANKING HISTORY
2004 – *6 (ITF), 768 (ATP)
2003 – *4 (USTA 18s), 24 (ITF)
2002 – *16 (USTA 16s), *45 (USTA 18s), 240 (ITF)
2001 – *11 (USTA 14s), *50 (USTA 16s)
2000 – 66 (USTA 14s)
* Denotes highest ranking achieved during the year.

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
2005

• Received a singles wild card into the US Open men's main draw... Won his first career Grand Slam match in an opening-round thriller, defeating George Bastl in a fifth-set tie-break, 7-6 (4), 6-0, 6-7 (1), 4-6, 7-6 (5). He then gave a strong performance in his second-round match against Rafael Nadal, before falling to the No. 2 seed, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4… In doubles, teamed with Bobby Reynolds to reach the second round, where the duo took the No. 1-seeded team of Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi to three sets before losing, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-1.

• As a wild card, defeated Jarkko Nieminen, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, in the first round of New Haven, for the first ATP win of his career… He then lost to Tommy Robredo, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, in round two.

• In singles play this summer, reached the quarterfinals or better in four consecutive USTA Pro Circuit events – the semifinals at the Auburn, Calif., Futures, the week of June 14, and quarterfinals at the Chico, Calif., Futures the week of June 21, the Aptos, Calif., Challenger the week of July 11, and the Lexington, Ky., Challenger the week of July 25.

• Won the first pro title of his career in doubles at Lexington with partner Bobby Reynolds… Other doubles results include finishing runner-up (with Ryler De Heart) at the Woodland, Calif., Futures in June and reaching the semifinals (with Bobby Reynolds) at the Binghamton, N.Y., Challenger, in August.

• Advanced to his first pro semifinal at the Futures event in Harlingen, Texas, where he lost to Ryan Newport, 6-4, 6-2.

• Began the year competing in Doha, Qatar... Qualified into the Qatar F2 Futures and reached the quarterfinals.
2004

• Advanced to the doubles final (Phillip Simmonds) and the singles quarterfinals (lost to eventual champion Horia Tecau, 6-2, 6-4) at the Waikoloa, Hawaii, Futures.

• Qualified into the singles draw at the Arlington, Texas, Futures, and reached the quarterfinals, where he lost to Alexander Hartman, 6-3, 6-3... Also reached the doubles semifinals (with Jarmaine Jenkins).

PERSONAL
• Father, Scoville. Mother, Carol. Younger sister, Taylor, and younger brother, Myles.
• Was introduced to tennis at the age of 7 by his father.
• Is coached by Torrey Hawkins.
• Enjoys basketball and playing PlayStation in his spare time, as well as listening to rap music.
• Favorite playing surface is hard court.

 

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