Cavs to Compete in Charlottesville Challenger

By: Lindsay Joy Email
By: Lindsay Joy Email

The Charlottesville Men's Pro Challenger will give current and former Virginia Cavalier's a chance to play a new level of tennis on familiar courts. The main draw of the USTA event begins Monday at Boar's Head Sports Club and runs through next Sunday.

Former UVa tennis player Somdev Devvarman, who is currently ranked No. 90 in the ATP rankings, is back in Charlottesville for the tournament. Virginia's Justin Shane, Mitchell Frank, and Mac Styslinger are some of the current Cavaliers taking part in the event.

On Monday, Styslinger will face his doubles partner from last year's NCAA Championship, former Cavalier Jarmere Jenkins. Jenkins and Stylslinger won the NCAA doubles title, while the 'Hoos brought home the team championship. The Cavaliers are used to playing tennis at a high level, but the tournament gives them a chance to play at an even higher level.

"When you move to this level and you're playing somebody, a player in the top 100, you know it's at a different level, it's a huge step up," says tournament director Ron Manilla. "It doesn't mean the UVa players can't compete with these guys, and they are, and they do compete well, but it's definitely a step up above."

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