September 27, 2005

Wai Competes at UVA Fall Invitational

Sept. 27, 2005

Charlottesville, VA - Yale men's tennis superstar Brandon Wai `07 completed an outstanding weekend at the University of Virginia Fall Invitational in Charlottesville, VA. Wai is currently ranked #51 in the nation. The tournament featured twenty nationally-ranked players from across the country and was the most competitive draw in the UVA Invitational's history.

In singles play, Wai suffered an opening round A flight loss to Eidy Iragashi of Old Dominion 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. However, Wai came back to steamroll Javier Bes of Alabama 6-3, 6-1 in the backdraw. Wai's biggest win came in the backdraw quarters as he fought past Andreas Silijestrom, ranked #57 in the country, by scores of 6-7 (3), 6-4, and 10-7 in the third-set "superbreaker." The remaining backdraws in all flights were cancelled due to inclement weather.

"This was a great experience for me to compete against some of the best players in the country," said Wai. "I thought I played well for the most part and I am very excited to get back on the courts with my teammates this weekend at ECAC's."

Wai also teamed with Jarrett Chirico from Virginia as a wildcard entry in the "B" doubles. The duo deftly advanced to the finals, defeating teams from William and Mary and North Carolina State along the way. In the finals, Wai and Chirico lost to another William and Mary squad 8-4.

Wai will rejoin his teammates at the ECAC Team Championships in New York City on Friday, September 30.

Report filed by Christie Yang '06, Yale Sports Publicity.