2008 IN REVIEWThe American qualified into his first career tour level tournament at the US Open with wins over Nick Monroe (61 64), Woong-Sun Jun (61 67 75) and Diego Hartfield (46 75 76) before defeating Beligan Olivier Rochus in the first round (76 57 64 36 64)...Prior to Flushing Meadows, played only in Futures and Challenger level tournaments, compiling records of 23-9 and 7-11, respectively...Two weeks ago, he qualified at the Bronx Challenger and reached QF (l. to Bozoljac)...In July, advanced to QF at Lexington Challenger (l. to Kendrick)...Began season in Futures, reaching final in Mexico in February (l. to Borvanov)...In April, reached final at US Futures #7 in Alabama (l. to Rettenmaier)...In June, put together a three-week successful run in California Futures with SF in Loomis and Sacramento and runner-up in Shingle Springs....Finished last season No. 338 and reached a career-high No. 256 on July 7...Came in NO. 261 and will climb to around No. 210 by reaching the second round...He is guaranteed a career-best $30,000 and 50 ranking points...His previous-best singles paycheck was $5,625 when he lost in the second round of qualifying at last year's US Open (l. to Sela).
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS2003 - Played two Futures events, reaching 2nd RD in Peoria...2004 - Advanced to 2nd RD at Futures stop in Decatur and played in first Challenger in Champaign, losing to Gimelstob in 1st RD...2005 - Reached SF at US Futures #20 in Decatur and added QF at USTA #21 in Kenosha...2006 - Won first pro title at US Futures #19 (d. Paul) and following week reached final at US Futures #20 (l. to Wolmarans)...Late in season, advanced to final at US Futures #24 (d. Sela, Nishikori, l. to Hemmes)...2007 - Compiled a 31-15 record in Futures events, winning title at US Futures #20 (d. Bruch) and reaching final at US Futures #7 in Alabama...Also advanced to back-to-back SF at Canadian #2 and #3 Futures stops in March and in US #11 in Tampa and US #12 in Woodland, Calif...Put together an 8-10 mark in Challenger level play, reaching QF in Knoxville (d. Reynolds, l. to J. Baker).
PERSONALBegan playing tennis at age six...Born in Kauai, Hawaii and moved to Tampa at age two with his parents Debbie and William...Has two half-sisters, Jennee and Gabrielle...He lived there until attending university the Univ. of Illinois in Champaign where he currently resides...Earned a degree in psych pre-med...He was a member of the 2003 NCAA championship team that included current ATP pros Amer Delic and Rajeev Ram...The team was coached by current Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley...He was an all-American as a junior and senior and won the National Indoor Singles Championship and ranked No. 1 in the nation...He was a practice partner for this year's 1st RD Davis Cup tie against Austria in Vienna (both of Austria's top players were lefty-Koubek and Melzer)...Considers favorite surface hard courts best shot is forehand.