Thursday, 18 June 2009

Spotlight On ... Grega Zemlja

Grega Zemlja probably isn't a name that is too familiar to the majority of tennis fans, but the Slovenian made a bit of a name for himself when he booked his place in the Wimbledon main draw today. Coming into the qualifying competition, he was ranked # 174, just below the career-high ranking of # 165 that he achieved in May 2009.

The 22-year-old was been playing predominantly on the Challenger circuit in 2009, although he was attempted to qualify for ATP tournaments in Sydney (l. to Frank Dancevic) and the Australian Open (l. to Dudi Sela). On the Challenger circuit, his best results have come in Burnie (l. to Brydan Klein in the final after beating another Aussie, Peter Luczak, in the semi-finals), and St Brieuc (l. to Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the quarter-finals). Just prior to Wimbledon qualifying, he lost in the second qualifying round in Halle (l. to German Tobias Kamke, after struggling past Pavel Snobel in three tight sets in the previous round).

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