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South Carolina’s Lesley Joseph Part of Championship Doubles Team at the Freeman USTA Challenger

February 20, 2006 10:51 AM

South Carolina’s Lesley Joseph and Ghana’s Henry Adjei-Darko teamed up to capture the doubles title at the Freeman USTA Challenger in Joplin, Missouri. The duo defeated the German pair of Benjamin Becker and Simon Gruel 6-3, 7-6(3) in the championship match.

Joseph and Adjei-Darko were able to shows signs of dominance throughout the tournament. The two did not drop a set in any of the four matches en route to the championship.

Joseph, 24, played collegiate tennis at the University of Georgia. He was All-SEC for three years before he forfeited his final year of eligibility to turn professional.

The Rock Hill, South Carolina native has thus far enjoyed success in his young career, winning two singles and two doubles titles on the USTA Pro Circuit.

The USTA organizes, sponsors, and administers the USTA Pro Circuit - the gateway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis professionals. The 2005-2006 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 an alumni of some of the biggest names in tennis, many of whom have gone on to win Grand Slam titles, including Andre Agassi, Lindsay Davenport, Chanda Rubin, Tim Henman, James Blake, and Mary Pierce.




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