Aug. 19, 2005
Junior Brandon Wai (San Diego, CA) will represent the Yale tennis program when he competes in the qualifying for the 2005 Pilot Pen Tournament at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale on Saturday.
Wai, who has never competed in a professional event, will take on Sargis Sargsian, a former New Haven area star who is currently ranked 117th on the ATP Tour. The best-of-three match will begin at 9 a.m. on a court to be determined in the morning.
"This is a huge opportunity for Brandon. He trained hard all summer. It is a chance to see what he can do versus the top players in the world," said Yale men's tennis coach Alex Dorato.
Wai is the first Yale undergraduate tennis player to compete in a pro event since Jonathan Beardsley '99 played in the old Volvo Tournament in both 1997 and 1998.
Wai, who went 6-1 in Ivy League matches at No. 1 singles, has earned first team All-Ivy honors. Wai also was named first team All-Ivy in doubles with partner Ryan Murphy (Houston, TX). The duo went 4-3 in Ivy matches. Murphy was a second team selection in singles.
Wai was ranked 97th nationally in singles. He finished the spring with a 14-6 overall record. During the fall season, he captured the A-flight titles at the Farnsworth/Princeton Invitational and the Yale Invitational. In addition, he reached the quarterfinals of the ITA Northeast Regional.
report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Assistant AD and Sports Publicity Director