Former UVa Tennis Star Jenkins Falls in Cville Pro Challenger Final
Jenkins finished as runner up for the 2nd year in a row
Former UVa tennis star Jarmere Jenkins lost in the doubles final of the Charlottesville Men's Pro Challenger tournament Sunday at the Boar's Head Sports Club.
Jenkins and teammate Donald Young were defeated 6-4, 6-3 by Steve Johnson and Tim Smyczek.
Jenkins won the NCAA doubles championship with Mac Styslinger last season, and also helped lead UVa to its first NCAA team title.
"I always play well here," says Jenkins. "It's always a tremendous experience playing in front of old friends, and seeing the fans who came out and supported me for four years. Being able to play in front of them as a professional tennis player means a lot."
Jenkins played in the Pro Challenger tournament in all four of his years as a Cavalier.
He finished runner up in the doubles in 2012, but this is the first year Jenkins is allowed to keep the prize money, due to NCAA regulations on amateur athletes.
"That's one thing that I kind of smile about all the time, and I joke around with (UVa head coach Brian) Boland," says Jenkins, "to not be able to take that money sometimes, especially when you do well, and those numbers get a little big, it's all worth it, and it feels good to be able to take the check now."
Three-seed Michael Russell defeated Peter Polansky 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(5) in the singles championship match.
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