Denis Kudla Qualifies for French Open

Junior Tennis Champions Center alum Denis Kudla ousted Arthur De Greef of Belgium, 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 6-2, to advance into the French Open main draw.

Kudla was the No. 11 seed in the qualifying round.  En route to a berth in the French Open main draw, he defeated two unseeded Canadians, Steven Diaz and Peter Polansky.  The Polansky match was especially arduous.  Under Wimbledon-esque rules, Kudla edged Polansky 15-13 in the final set.

In three matches, Kudla compiled the following stats:

Total Sets Lost:  2
Aces
:  12
Break Points Won:  18 of 35 (51%)
Winners:  40 (a whopping 30 in the final match against De Greef)
Unforced Errors:  42 (37 in De Greef match)
First Serves In:  157/238 (66%)

As of this writing, the qualifiers have not been slotted into the main draw.  On the Men’s side, the No. 1 seed is Novak Djokovic and the No. 2 seed is Roger Federer.  First round action starts this Sunday, May 26.

*Pictures courtesy of Denis Kudla’s Facebook page

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