2002 IN REVIEW
The former NCAA champion won a career-best four matches at ATP level and finished in Top 125 for first time…Compiled a 20-10 record at Challenger level, including one title…Jumped off to good start with 3rd RD appearance in Australian Open, which included 2nd RD upset of No. 4 seed Kafelnikov in straight sets before losing to Gonzalez in next round…Played mostly Challenger events from late January through May, including a title in Birmingham (d. Mamiit in final) and final in Rocky Mount (l. to Ginepri)…Lost 1st RD match to Haas in straight sets in Houston…Battled T. Blake to three sets in Newport before losing…Battled back from a set down to force a third set in Toronto against lucky loser Stepanek, but lost in final set…Won ATP matches for first time since Australian Open in Washington by defeating Saretta and T. Martin to reach 3rd RD before losing to Nieminen…Took Rusedski to four sets but lost at US Open…Reached SF at Seoul and QF at Knoxville Challengers…Earned a career-high $106,025.
1997-At 18, made debut in Washington but lost in 1st RD to Shelton…1998-Played two Futures events in Texas, but suffered 1st RD defeats in each…1999-Reached QF of U.S.A. F10 in Chico (l. to Chicoine)… Finished with 7-4 record at Futures level in four events…2000-Won NCAA Championship as a senior at Stanford University…Won U.S.A. F15 and reached QF the following week at U.S.A. F16…Reached SF of Winnetka Challenger (l. to Suzuki)…Made US Open debut with a straight sets loss to Agassi in 1st RD… Finished year by reaching finals at U.S.A. F29 in Laguna Niguel, CA (l. to Bower)…2001- Reached final at U.S.A. F15 in first event of year (l. to Ginepri)…Won first career ATP match in Washington by defeating fellow Stanford Cardinal Alex O'Brien in 1st RD before losing to Lapentti in next round…Won Challenger event in Kerrville by defeating Fish in final and also reached SF in Tulsa (l. to Hernych).
Began playing tennis at age six...Mother, Ki Nam, is a school nurse; father, Daniel, is an architect...Has an older and younger sister, Julia and Joyce, respectively...No relation to countryman and ATP pro Kevin Kim…Can read and write in Korean...Graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Md. in 1997 with a score of 1350 on SAT...Was a National Merit Commended Scholar and a Columbia University Book Award winner... Played four years of collegiate tennis at Stanford from 1998-2001 and captured NCAA singles title in 2000 (d. Carlos Drada of Kentucky)...Member of NCAA winning team that year and in 1998 (teammates included Bryan brothers, Paul Goldstein)...Earned All-American honors in 2000, finishing as No. 2 player in singles and No. 1 in doubles (w/Abrams)...Prior to college success, ranked No. 5 in U.S. Boys' 18s in 1995 and No. 10 in '96...Tennis role model growing up was Thomas Muster...Practice partner for US Davis Cup team vs. France in 2002...Coached by Steve DeVries and Scott McCain.