July 27, 2010

Wai Makes Final Field In US Open National Playoffs

Former Yale Tennis Player Shows Toughness At Qualifying Event

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Former Yale captain Brandon Wai '07 competed in the 2010 U.S. Open Men's National Playoffs on July 22, hoping to earn a wild-card spot in the qualifying round of next month's U.S. Open.

Wai recorded five consecutive straight-sets victories at the New England Sectional Qualifying Tournament from May 19-23 en route to the final. He fell to Fairfield resident Nolan Paige, 6-2, 7-5. However, Paige was unable to participate in the Championships, so Wai made his way into the field of 16 in Johns Creek.

The 24-year-old fought valiantly in his opening round match against Ikaika Jobe of Honolulu last Thursday. Wai came out strong and took the first set, but dropped serve in the second set and eventually lost the match, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.

Wai, who now resides in New York City, won back-to-back Ivy League Player of the Year honors in 2006-2007 and was first team All-Ivy for three straight years.

 

Report filed by Dean Karoliszyn