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Scoville Jenkins: Circuit Player of the Week

January 31, 2006 09:10 AM

Scoville Jenkins, Photo Courtesy of Corey Shelton/IBM
Birthdate: Sept. 23, 1986
Birthplace: Atlanta, Ga.
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Height: 6’ 3”
Weight: 210 lbs.
Plays: Right-handed; two-handed backhand
Turned pro: 2004

It didn’t take long for Scoville Jenkins to make his presence known on the USTA Pro Circuit in 2006. Playing in only the second men’s tournament of the year, the 19-year-old from Atlanta captured the singles title last week at the 2006 Star Island Classic, a $10,000 USTA Futures event held in Kissimmee, Fla. The victory gave Jenkins the first pro singles championship of his career.

Seeded first in the draw, Scoville pulled out two come-from-behind wins en route to the championship, defeating Korean lucky loser Hyung-Kwon Kim, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4, in the opening round and then holding off American Alex Kuznetsov, the tournament’s doubles champion, 6-7 (9), 6-3, 7-6 (4), in a semifinal thriller. He went on to notch a straight-sets 7-6 (2), 6-3, victory over No. 2-seeded Eric Nunez, 7-6 (2), 6-3, to clinch the title.

A top-ranked junior player just two years ago, Jenkins is coming off a breakthrough year in 2005, his first full year of competing on the USTA Pro Circuit. He reached his first professional semifinal at the Futures event in Harlingen, Texas, in March and went on to reach the quarterfinals or better in four consecutive tournaments during the summer. He had a successful year in doubles, as well, winning the first pro title of his career in Lexington, reaching the final at the Woodland, Calif., Futures, and advancing to semifinals at the Challengers in Binghamton, N.Y., and Sacramento.

Jenkins also continued his magic at the US Open in 2005. One of the biggest stories of the 2004 tournament after playing Andy Roddick in his opening-round match, the 6-foot, 3-inch right-hander again captured the media’s attention last year by winning 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). He then performed admirably against reigning French Open champion Rafael Nadal in the second round, before falling to the No. 2 seed, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.

Currently ranked 266th in the world, Jenkins improved his ATP ranking 500 spots in 2005, from No. 768 at the beginning of the year to his year-end rank of No. 267. Next up for the talented teen on the USTA Pro Circuit is the USTA Men's $50,000 Challenger of Dallas, which will be held the week of Feb. 7.

 

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