Taino Defeats Vahaly
to Win First Serve Entertainment Menís Tennis Championship
Ca. Ė Qualifier Eric Taino overcame fellow American Brian Vahaly,
6-2, 7-6 (6) to win the $50,000 First Serve Entertainment Tennis
Championship at the Braemar Country Club.
ranked 254 in the ATP Entry System, built a 5-2 lead in the first set and
served out the set at love.
were no breaks of serve in the second set. Vahaly nearly won the set, but
wasted a set point with Taino serving at 4-5.
victory, which took one-hour and 29 minutes, was worth $7,200 and 52 ATP
Entry System points which included two points for qualifying.
22-year-old Vahaly, who also entered the main draw as a qualifier,
defeated top-seeded Michael Chang in the first round on his way to the
the doubles final, third-seeded George Bastl of Switzerland and Neville
Godwin of South Africa defeated Brandon Coupe and Kevin Kim of the United
States, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
First Serve Entertainment Menís Tennis Championship is a $50,000
Challenger event. The tournament is part of the United States Tennis
Association Professional Circuit.
Bastl, Switzerland and Neville Godwin, South Africa, def. Brandon Coupe
and Kevin Kim, United States, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3