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Jung Loses, Klahn Moves into Calabasas Quarterfinals
CALABASAS, Calif., (March 14, 2013) – Just days after graduation and with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan in hand, Jason Jung figured he’d do what every other college senior was doing at the time and get a job.
It took just one short month for behind a desk as a business analyst for an oil company and Jung had had enough, quitting his job and making the decision to continue with life as a professional tennis player. That was the summer of 2011 and after taking a three-month break from tennis, Jung was back at it, grinding it out on the USTA Pro Circuit Futures tour.
On Thursday, Jung’s journey continued, although this time with a loss in a very close match to Brazil’s Calo Zampieri, 6-2, 6-7 (7), 6-4, in the second round of the Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas, a $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit event, being played this week at the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center.
“It was a tough cut for this tournament,” said Jung, who battled through qualifying to make the main draw and won his first-round match against No. 4-seeded Daniel Kosakowski a day before. “I think it was actually good for me to get a couple a couple of matches in before the main draw.”
Jung is a Torrance native and said he was happy to renew his rivalry with Kosakowski, which dated back to their junior days in Southern California events. “He wasn’t as big a rival as some others but we definitely had our share of good matches in the juniors,” Jung said. “He beat me the last time we played in three sets, so I was happy to get a win over him yesterday.”
Jung is currently ranked around No. 540 in the world. He said his goal was to be inside the Top 300 by now. “Sure, I wish I was a little higher right now,” he said. “But I have until the end of the year and feel I can still get there.”
Jung played the classic Ojai Tennis Tournament last year losing to eventual champion Artem Sitak in the Men’s Open division. He’s thinking about maybe playing it again this year at the end of April, but might not be available. “I’d love to play it, I’ve been playing it since the juniors,” he said. “But now I’m chasing points so I’ll likely be in Florida playing a USTA Futures event.”
Jung is well aware he could have played four years of Ojai events as a member of a Pac-12 school. “Yeah, I do think about that,” he said. “At the time I just thought it was best for me to get out and experience something new and different. I thought about transferring to UCLA after my sophomore year, but I’m glad I was able to stay and finished what I started at Michigan.”
The only two seeded players left in singles both won their matches on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals. No. 2 Bradley Klahn beat Yong-Kyu Lim of Korea, 7-6 (4), 6-2, and No. 6 Sanam Singh of India beat Karim Hossam of Egypt, 7-5, 6-1.