For Connecticut tennis fans making their way to New Haven this weekend for the start of the 2010 Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament, the Sacred Heart men's tennis program will be proudly represented by senior Kirill Kasyanov (Yonkers, NY) who has earned a wild card spot in the qualifying round of the singles draw. Kasyanov, the 2010 Northeast Conference Player of the Year, will have his shot to play into the tournament field as qualifying heads into day two on Saturday morning.
Kasyanov will take on the #100 ranked player in the world in Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili at 9:00 am on the Grandstand court. If Kasyanov can pull off the upset, he would move on to the main draw which opens play on Sunday, August 22nd.
The 2010 Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament will once again be played at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale. The tournament is a part of The Olympus US Open Series, a six-week tennis season of 10 North Amercian tournament linked to the US Open.
Kasyanov took home eight Northeast Conference Player of the Week awards in 2009-10, including six of the eight awarded during the spring portion of the schedule. He rang up a 25-10 singles record last season including a 17-4 mark playing at #1 in dual match play. After the winter break saw the schedule resume in January, Kasyanov posted an impressive 15-4 singles record including a stretch of seven-straight wins.
Kasyanov will don the Pioneer Red & White for his senior season starting this fall when SHU opens up the 2010-11 campaign at the Fairfield University Doubles Invitational on Saturday, September 11th.