CALABASAS, Calif., (March 15, 2013) – Recent Georgia Tech graduate Kevin King will have to beat a former ACC rival if he is to reach his first USTA Pro Circuit Futures final this weekend at the USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas.
Currently ranked No. 1,306 in the world, King had to win three qualifying matches to earn main-draw status here and after a hard-fought straight-set quarterfinal win over Brazil’s Caio Zampierie, 6-3, 6-4, on Friday, King will next face former Virginia star Sanam Singh, who King lost to twice during their collegiate days.
“I’m just starting out here but it’s been really fun,” said King, who graduated in December. “I’ve been having to qualifying at most of these tournaments but it’s not different for anyone else. You just have to keep fighting to bring your ranking up.”
King said his goal is to get inside the Top 300 by the end of the year. He won’t play next week in Costa Mesa but plans to play $15,000 USTA Futures events Oklahoma City and Little Rock, Ark., the first two weeks of April.
Singh, the No. 6 seed who represents India, had no trouble in his quarterfinal match, beating former UCLA star and qualifier Haythem Abid of Tunisia, 6-1, 6-2.
In the featured night match on Friday in the $15,000 Futures event taking place at the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center, No. 2-seeded Bradley Klahn, the 2010 NCAA singles champion from Stanford, beat Zimbabwe’s Takanyi Garanganga, 6-1, 7-5. Garanganga was coached and watched all week by former ATP World Tour pro Ronald Agenor.
Klahn will play Korea’s Min Hyeok Cho in the other semifinal.
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