Georgia Tennis: Incoming freshman Wayne Montgomery takes Tennessee Valley Open


University of Georgia tennis incoming freshman Wayne Montgomery won the Tennessee Valley Open Championship, a USTA sanctioned tournament held this week at the Manker Patten Tennis Club. Montgomery is a member of the 2014 Georgia recruiting class that is ranked second nationally.

Second-seeded Montgomery defeated Vanderbilt’s No. 1 seed Gonzalez Austin, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, in the final on Sunday. Austin, who played No. 1 for the Commodores in 2014, was an All-American and finished the season ranked 19th nationally.

Montgomery did not lose a set in the first five rounds of the tournament on his way to reaching Sunday’s final.

Montgomery joins the Bulldogs from Johannesburg, South Africa and is already in Athens for summer school. He has won multiple South African and African Junior titles in singles and doubles, and has represented South Africa internationally in numerous team and individual events during his career. He has been a member of the ITF junior touring teams each year since the age of 13, and also participated at the Junior Davis Cup in Mexico in 2010 and 2011.

The incoming Bulldog reached a career high ITF U-18 world ranking of No. 7 in 2013, and has won ITF junior circuit tournaments in Gaborone, Port Elizabeth, East London, Montreal (doubles), Potchefstroom (singles and doubles), Traralgon (doubles), and Maryland (singles and doubles). He has reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open and the Australian Open as well as the doubles semifinals at Wimbledon.

Eric Diaz also won three matches in the tournament to reach the quarterfinals in Chattanooga.

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