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Shabaz, Courtney to compete in U.S. Open

The Virginia men's tennis doubles team of senior Michael Shabaz and junior Drew Courtney earned a wild card Aug. 29 to compete in the U.S. Open, which began yesterday at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The duo will play against the No. 10-seeded team of Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman in first-round action.

If the Cavaliers' performance against Bob and Mike Bryan earlier this month in the first round of the ATP Legg Mason Tennis Classic is any indication of future success, Shabaz and Courtney may have more than a fighting chance to advance to the second round of the grand slam. The 2010 NCAA doubles champions took the No. 2-ranked team in the world to the wire, coming within two points of winning the first set and setting up the possibility for an upset.

Shabaz competed in last year's Open as a wild card as well in a team with Wayne Odesnik. The duo lost to John Isner and Sam Querrey in the first round.