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Reynolds Caps Year With Knoxville Challenger Victory

November 17, 2008 11:32 AM

Bobby Reynolds capped off a successful 2008 by winning the $50,000 Knoxville Challenger being played at the University of Tennessee's Goodfriend Tennis Center. Reynolds, the former Vanderbilt star, defeated unseeded Luka Gregorc of Slovenia 6-4, 6-2 for his third Challenger victory of 2008.

Ranked No. 83, Reynolds and doubles partner Rajeev Ram, fell in the doubles final to Kevin Anderson and G.D. Jones 3-6, 6-0 [10-7].

Reynolds, from Acworth, Ga., may have a new address soon as he scheduled to mary former Vanderbilt track star Josie Hahn in Charleston, S.C. next month. Hahn, a former SEC heptathlon champion in 2004, is studying dentistry at the Medical School of South Carolina, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

With a third round showing at Wimbledon this year, Reynolds has his best year ever. He earned at least $385,917 this year, more than a third of his career earnings. He received a check for $7,000 for his victory in Knoxville. He won two other Challengers this year.

In other competition, Rhyne Williams, a local player who is a senior at the Alpha Omega Academy, was given a wild card into the main singles draw. He lost to Gregorc in the first round. TennisRecruiting.net lists Williams as the No. 2 player in the nation in its weekly rankings.

The tournament is the final competition in the men's 2008 USTA Pro Circuit.calendar. It is the 25th Challenger played this year with prize money that goes from $35,000-$100,000. The circuit also comprises of 29 smaller Futures tournaments.




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