Kendrick Wins Opening Match at Wimbeldon

June 27, 2006

WIMBELDON, England -- Former Husky tennis standout Robert Kendrick won his first ever Grand Slam match on Tuesday to advance to the second round at Wimbeldon. Kendrick, who competed for the Huskies in 1998 and 1999, defeated Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei in straight sets (7-6, 6-3, 6-0).

Kendrick's path to Wimbeldon was a difficult one, as he had to win three qualifying matches just to make the field. It will not get any easier for Kendrick as he will face the No. 2 seed, Rafael Nadal of Spain, in the second round.

Kendrick is making just his third Grand Slam singles appearance, as he lost in the first round of the 2003 U.S. Open and 2003 Wimbeldon.

Kendrick holds the Husky record for most doubles wins in a season (28 in 1998-99) and is tied for second most doubles wins with 24 in 1997-98. Kendrick also won 31 singles matches in 1998-99, tied for third most in UW single-season history.

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