Just a year ago, Somdev Devarman was graduating from the University of Virginia and was claiming his second NCAA Championship. Now, still in his virgin year on the ATP Tour, Somdev finds himself the number 1 ranked player in Indian and is this weeks number 201 on the ATP Rankings.
Last week in Nashville, Deverman took out super talented and feisty, Jesse Levine. A convincing 7-6, 6-2 win showed that Somdev will certainly be a force to reckon with no matter who he plays. Using a “never miss a ball” type of strategy, the chilly Indian, can give guys on the other side of the net fits.
Winning his second Challenger in as many weeks was Robert Kendrick. Robert continues to roll and show the country that he is the best on the Challenger circuit this year and is now the 8th ranked American. “Kendo” finally took out Deverman, 7-5 , 6-2 . This was his first win against the NCAA Champ in 3 tries. One more week in Illinois and Kendrick will be training for the Australian Open in January.
I am looking forward to working with a long time client and friend in Orlando. Some time on the bike and on the golf course will keep Robert fresh and body healthy. I plan on a solid strength training program which will incorporate a lot of cable machines and dumbells. The goal will be to get the big guy to crank out a dozen pullups in a row by the time January 1 comes along, Due to persistant knee problems, Robert will have to the agility training on level grass, and incorporate massage and stretching in his everyday routine. Kendrick has a very live arm and a tenacious fighting spirit that is a privledge to be around.