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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Lam climbs rankings

Advertiser Staff


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Chris Lam's rapid rise in the world tennis rankings have put him directly into the main draws of the upcoming Waikoloa and Honolulu Futures events.

Lam, home-schooled in Kaimuki, played on UCLA's 2005 NCAA Championship team. He turned pro after graduation and has moved up 655 spots, to No. 868. That ranking gets him into next week's Waikoloa Futures and the Honolulu Futures, which starts Nov. 13 at the University of Hawai'i courts.

Both preliminary entry lists have five players in the top 500. The top-ranked entrant is Israel's Dudi Sela, at No. 285. The 32-player main draws will be released the Sunday before each event starts, following qualifying.

Honolulu has announced some of its wild-card entrants. Former Hawai'i Pacific All-American Jan Tribler won the Wild Card Tournament to earn a singles spot. UH's Sascha Heinemann, the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year last season, is also in as the Hawai'i Sectional champion.

Tribler and former HPU teammate Mikael Maatta received the doubles wild card into the main draw. Maatta and teenager Thomas Schubert, who moved from Kailua to Southern California seven years ago to improve his tennis opportunities, got wild cards into singles qualifying.

The Waikoloa and Honolulu events offer $15,000 purses and ranking points. The inaugural $50,000 Wailea Men's Challenger, also part of the U.S. Tennis Association Pro Circuit, is Nov. 25 to Dec. 3 on Maui.