By Steve Pratt, special to USTA.com
CALABASAS, Calif. – UCLA freshman Daniel Kosakowski would hope his professor’s would understand, but he’s not leaving anything to chance.
Several minutes after hitting a laser passing shot past Canada’s Chris Klingemann for his third consecutive win in the final round of qualifying at the USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas, Kosakowski walked right into the tournament office and politely asked USTA Pro Circuit Challenger Supervisor Michael Loo for a late start time for his first-round match on Tuesday.
"I don’t know how I’m doing it," said the 18-year-old Kosakowski, from Downey, Calif., of his play. "I just have so much going on. I can’t believe it. I have two quizzes tomorrow that I can’t miss."
After Loo did some schedule juggling, Kosakowski called UCLA men’s coach Billy Martin and told him the good news of his dramatic 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) victory. "He said congratulations and that he’ll see me in the morning," said Kosakowski, before he made the 45-minute drive back to Westwood to sleep in the campus dorms he’s been living in for just over a month. "I have practice at 2:30 tomorrow, but I guess I’ll miss that."
Kosakowski, 18, will instead be playing a first-round match in Calabasas against Greg Jones of Australia on Tuesday.
A pair of former top-65 players in the world squared off on a rain-shortened day at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center in the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event, as Amer Delic beat Kevin Kim, 6-3, 6-2, in one of just two first-round main-draw matches played on Monday. Kim, a former UCLA player, is a nine-time USTA Pro Circuit singles champion who has finished in the top 125 five of the last six years.
Delic reached the third round of the 2009 Australian Open through qualifying but was halted by a knee injury that kept him out of competitive play from July 2009 to August 2010. He competed in US Open qualifying this year in his first tournament since the injury.
In the other singles match, the USTA’s wild-card selection Steve Johnson, a junior at USC, fell to Great Britain’s Jamie Baker, 6-4, 6-2.
Monday’s First-Round Singles Scores:
Amer Delic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, def. Kevin Kim, U.S. (7), 6-3, 6-2
Jamie Baker, Great Britain, def. Steve Johnson, U.S (wc), 6-4, 6-2
Final Qualifying Results:
Luis Antonio Perez-Perez, Spain, def. Giovanni Lapentti, Ecuador, 6-3, 6-3
Nicholas Monroe, U.S., def. Philip Bester, Canada, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
Nikoloz Basilashvili, Georgia, def. Blake Strode, U.S., 6-4, 6-3
Daniel Kosakowski, U.S., def. Chris Klingemann, Canada, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4)
Final Qualifying Doubles Score
Chris Klingemann, Canada / Michael Venus, New Zealand, def. Boris Bakalov, Bulgaria / Blake Strode, U.S, 0-6, 6-3, 10-8
Tuesday’s Order of Play:
Center Court starting at 10 a.m.
J Witten (U.S.) vs M Mcclune (U.S.)
A Kuznetsov (U.S.) vs [Q] N Basilashvili (GEO)
B Reynolds (U.S.) vs J Levine (U.S.)
R DeHeart (U.S.) vs  M Matosevic (AUS)
Not Before 5 p.m.
[WC] G Sacks (RSA) vs [WC] C Mamiit (PHI)
Not Before 6:30 p.m.
 R DeHeart (U.S.) / P Duclos (CAN) vs N Monroe (U.S.) / D Young (U.S.)
Not Before 8 p.m.
 J Millman (AUS) vs L Cook (U.S.)
Court 3 starting at 10 a.m.
D King-Turner (NZL) vs [WC] T Smyczek (U.S.)
[Q] L Perez-Perez (ESP) vs  R Kendrick (U.S.)
 D Young (U.S.) vs M Yani (U.S.)
[Q] N Monroe (U.S.) vs  R Sweeting (U.S.)
 I Van Der Merwe (RSA) vs R Harrison (U.S.)
Court 6 starting at 10 a.m.
 C Ball (AUS) vs F Nielsen (DEN)
Not Before 11 a.m.
P Bester (CAN) / A Kumar (U.S.) vs [WC] B Joelson (U.S.) / P Simmonds (U.S.)
R de Voest (RSA) vs J Lemke (AUS)
G Jones (AUS) vs [Q] D Kosakowski (U.S.)
For a schedule of events and other details, check out the official website, calabasaschallenger.com
Round of 16
Round of 32
Doubles (per team)
Round of 16
Tuesday, Oct. 19
– USTA League Appreciation Night, 6–10:00 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 22
– Pro-Am Drill, 9-11 a.m.; Pro Exhibition, 6-7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 23
– USTA Junior Team Tennis Kids’ Day, 2-3:30 p.m.
Calabasas Past Champions:
- Donald Young (USA)
- Vince Spadea (USA)
- Robert Kendrick (USA)
- Mark Philippoussis (AUS)
- Brian Vahaly (USA)
- Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
- Jerome Golmard (FRA)
- Michael Chang (USA)
- Andre Sa (BRA)
- Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) – Simon Stadler (GER)
- Ilija Bozoljac (SRB) – Dusan Vemic (SRB)
- John Isner (USA) – Brian Wilson (USA)
- Robert Kendrick (USA) – Cecil Mamiit (PHI)
- Amer Delic (USA) – Bobby Reynolds (USA)
- Graydon Oliver (USA) – Travis Parrott (USA)
- Justin Gimelstob (USA) – Scott Humphries (USA)
- Paul Rosner (RSA) – Glenn Weiner (USA)
- Ota Fukarek (CZE) – Ivo Heuberger (SUI)
USTA Pro Circuit
With 94 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed on the USTA Pro Circuit for approximately $3.2 million in prize money and valuable ATP and WTA Tour ranking points. Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Lindsay Davenport, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Jelena Jankovic are among the top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit. The USTA Pro Circuit is world-class tennis administered on the local level and played on local tennis courts as part of the fabric of communities nationwide — an opportunity for current and new fans to experience the excitement and intensity of the professional game in their neighborhood.
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