Quigley Plays in Hall of Fame Tennis Championship Tournament
July 5, 2010
NEWPORT, R.I. -- University of Kentucky men’s tennis star Eric Quigley participated in the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, falling to Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in a first round qualifying match at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. over the holiday weekend.
Quigley, who received a wild card spot in the event, fell in the first round of qualifying to Tursunov, who has been ranked as high as No. 20 in the ATP World Rankings back in 2006. Quigley came out strong in the first set, beating Tursunov 4-6 before falling in the final two sets. Tursunov is currently ranked No. 374 in the world while Quigley finished the 2009-10 collegiate season ranked in the top 10 of the International Tennis Association singles rankings.
The event was part of family weekend at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. A total of 32 tennis players from around the world fought for a chance to play for the Van Alen Cup in the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Main Draw starting July 5.
The native of Pewee Valley, Ky., has put together an impressive summer resume so far, being named to the USTA Summer Collegiate Team last month. Quigley was one of the top 25 collegiate tennis players in America to make the team. The USTA Summer Collegiate Team is an elite training program for the top American collegiate tennis players. The program began in 1996 and is funded by the USTA. It is designed to provide college players with valuable exposure to the USTA Pro Circuit in a team-oriented environment during the summer months.
Quigley recently completed a successful sophomore season at Kentucky, where he finished with 42 wins. Quigley finished the season with All-America honors in both singles and doubles to become only the third player in school history to receive such honors as a sophomore and the first to be named a singles and doubles All-America as a sophomore. Quigley, who finished the season ranked No. 10 in singles and No. 17 in doubles with partner Brad Cox, finished the season with a 21-6 dual match record and 42-12 overall after reaching the NCAA Singles Championship Round of 16. Quigley, who played at the No. 1 singles position all year for UK, was a vital part of the team's success with Kentucky posting an 18-3 record in dual matches where Quigley won in singles. On top of his two All-American honors, Quigley also was named to the first team All-SEC and ITA Ohio Valley Region Player to Watch.