Kendrick Upsets Spadea at First Serve Entertainment Men’s Tennis
By Fred Sidhu
Tarzana, Ca. – Fresno’s Robert Kendrick advanced
to the quarterfinals of the $50,000 First Serve Entertainment Men’s
Tennis Championship at the Braemar Country Club as he eliminated
second-seeded Vince Spadea, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in one-hour and 41 minutes.
Kendrick, ranked 206 in the world, was tied with
Spadea at 3-3 in the final set until he broke Spadea’s serve twice in
the last three games to win the match.
“He (Spadea) puts so much pressure on the returns,
you have to mixed it up and serve well against him,” Kendrick said.
“In the third set I played a good return game to get up and I had the
momentum going into the last couple of games.”
Spadea, a former top 20 player, hurt his chances in
the match by committing 11 double faults. He came into Tarzana this week
ranked 102. In his first round match, Spadea had beaten defending
tournament champion Levar Harper-Griffith.
In other second round singles action, qualifier Eric
Taino defeated fellow American Paul Goldstein, 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-2 and
seventh-seeded George Bastl of Switzerland fell to Sweden’s Bjorn
Rehnquist, 1-6, 6-4, 7-5.
The top-seeded doubles team of Scott Humphries and
Eric Taino of the United States were eliminated in a first round match
as they lost to Thomas Dupre of France and Jun Kato of Switzerland, 6-4,
General admission for each day of the tournament is
$12. Kids under 18 can purchase tickets for $6. Series and box seats are
available. For ticket information, call (818) 345-3230.
All tournament sessions through Friday begin at 10
a.m. Saturday’s semifinals and Sunday’s final, begin at noon.
The First Serve Entertainment Men’s Tennis
Championship is a $50,000 Challenger event. The tournament is part of
the United States Tennis Association Professional Circuit.