CHARLOTTESVILLE - Virginia senior Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) had his historic run at the Virginia National Bank Tennis Championships come to an end on Sunday. He fell to world No. 149 Robert Kendrick 6-2, 6-3 in the singles final of the ATP Challenger Tour event.
Shabaz was the first collegiate player to reach a Challenger Tour final since 1987, when Georgia's Al Parker made the final in Raleigh, N.C.
"This was a great week," said Shabaz. "When I made it through qualies, I didn't know what to expect in the main draw. But I played well and it ended up being a huge week, probably the best week of my career. I am really looking forward to carrying the momentum from this week into the spring season."
Shabaz, who entered the tournament with no ATP ranking, advanced to the main draw with three wins in qualifying. He then won four main draw matches to reach the final, defeating three players ranked in the top 225 in the world. With the run at the tournament, Shabaz will climb over 1,200 spots in the world rankings, to approximately No. 525 in the world next week.
"I am proud of Michael's effort," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "This was a great experience for him and the entire team. I know this will give him a lot of confidence as he prepares for his final semester and transitions into the professional game upon his graduation in May."
'Hoos Make Statement With Resounding WinFootball9/23/17On the blue turf of Albertsons Stadium, where Boise State rarely loses, Virginia rolled a 42-23 victory Friday night in a game shown on ESPN2.Dreams Coming True for Opoku at UVAMen's Soccer9/22/17Edward Opoku, a native of Ghana, is the leading scorer for No. 9 Virginia, which hosts No. 7 North Carolina on Friday night at Klöckner Stadium.Reinkensmeyer Moves Center StageFootball9/19/17Redshirt freshman Dillon Reinkensmeyer will make his third start for Virginia -- his second at center -- at Boise State on Friday night.
Director of News Content
A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
Virginia Men's Tennis Announces 2017-18 Schedule
M. Tennis | 8/31/2017
The defending NCAA champion Virginia men's tennis team announced its fall and spring schedules...
Kwiatkowski to Compete at ACI at US Open
M. Tennis | 9/6/2017
Former Cavalier Thai-Son Kwiatkowski will be competing at the American Collegiate Invitational...
Kwiatkowski and Aragone Compete at US Open
M. Tennis | 8/28/2017
Thai-Son Kwaitkowski took No. 23 Mischa Zverev to five sets while J.C. Aragone fell in straight...
J.C. Aragone Qualifies for the US Open
M. Tennis | 8/25/2017
J.C. Aragone and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski will both be playing in the U.S. Open next week, the first ...
J.C. Aragone Advances to US Open Qualifying Final
M. Tennis | 8/24/2017
Former Virginia men’s tennis player J.C. Aragone has advanced to the men’s singles...
Cavaliers Earn ITA All-Academic Team Honor
M. Tennis | 7/25/2017
In addition to the squad's All-Academic Team honor, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Carl Soderlund were ...
Scott Brown Named Assistant Men’s Tennis Coach
M. Tennis | 06/27/2017
Former Cavalier volunteer assistant Scott Brown returns as a full-time assistant coach for the...
Kwiatkowski Named ACC Men's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year
M. Tennis | 06/26/2017
Thai-Son Kwiatkowski earned his second-straight ACC Men's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year...
- Online Stores