PLAYER BIOS

Here are short biographies of the 2013 Initial Acceptance List, current as of June 11, 2013.

BOGDANOVIC,  ALEX           Great Britain           

Full name is Aleksa Bogdanovic…Nicknamed ‘Boggo’ and ‘A-Bog’…Born in Belgrade and when he was eight, his parents, Dusan and Amelia, along with sister Amelia, At school, he was persuaded by a friend to take up tennis and says “At first it was just a social thing, a way of making friends in a new country”…Started playing regularly on international junior circuit in 1999 and his best results were SF at US Open juniors in 2001 (l. to Muller) and at Banana Bowl, a prestigious junior tournament in Brazil…Also won his lone international junior title at Uruguay Bowl that year (d. Dabul)…Finished No. 14 in world junior rankings in ’01. Alex admired former stars Pete Sampras and Goran Ivanisevic while growing up. His favorite soccer team is Manchester United and considers best surfaces grass and hard courts (indoor). Alex made his Davis Cup debut in 2003 and has a 1-3 career record in three ties.

BOGOMOLOV JR., ALEX                        Russia                        Nicknamed “Bogie”.  Father, Alex, Sr., was a former Soviet national tennis coach who worked with Larisa Neiland, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Andrei Medvedev. Mother, Natalie, coaches high school tennis and older sister, Katia, was a top player on University of Miami women’s tennis team and US-ranked under-18. Alex’s brother, Boris, is soon to enter college. His family moved to Miami in 1992 after living in Mexico for a few years. During his junior career, Alex won the USTA National championships in 1998 (d. Roddick) and finished as No. 1-ranked USTA under-18 in 2000. He planned to play collegiately at Texas Christian University until he won the USTA Boys’ 18s Nationals in Kalamazoo, Mich. in August 2001. By winning the title, he earned a wild card into the US Open and turned pro. Named Most Improved Player of the Year in the 2011 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon after rising from No. 166 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings at the end of 2010 to No. 33 in November 2011. Married to wife, Luana, and has one son, Maddox.

DE VOEST, RIK                        South Africa                       

Began playing tennis at age six and decided to concentrate only on tennis at age 14. Born in Milan, Italy and moved to South Africa at one year old. His father, Joop, has his own company and his mother, Catriona, is a bookkeeper in South Africa. Rik is also a member of South African Davis Cup team. Has brother, Mark, who lives in Bahrain with his wife. De Voest speaks English and Afrikaans and his hobbies include watching cricket and rugby. Carolyn, his wife, is Canadian and from Vancouver. They met in August 2005 at Vancouver Challenger where she worked and they married on Oct. 6, 2007 after he proposed to her in a hot air balloon. She is a principal of Better Your Best Coaching.

DEVVARMAN, SOMDEV                         India                       

Somdev calls Agartala home, but lives and trains in Austin, Texas. Competing on the tour keeps him traveling for approximately 35 weeks a year, affording a few quick trips back home to see family. Somdev finished University with a degree in sociology and turned pro in the summer of 2008. He won his first career title that year at a Futures Tournament in Rochester, New York. His best achievement so far on the ATP World Tour has been reaching the finals of the Chennai Open in 2009, as a wild card entry. He was ranked 202. In August 2010, Somdev cracked the top 100 at number 96, putting Indian tennis back on the world singles map. Soon after, he won the gold in the Men’s Singles event of the XIXth Commonwealth Games in Delhi, 2010, followed by two more gold medals (singles and doubles) at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, setting a new Indian record.

DUSTOV, FARRUKH                        Uzbekistan                       

Farrukh was born May 22, 1986 and is a tennis player playing on the ITF Futures tour and the ATP Challenger Tour. On April 30, 2007, he reached his highest ATP singles ranking of 173 and is coached by Manuel Gasbarri.

EBDEN, MATTHEW                                    Australia                        Nickname is “Matty”, speaks English and understands Afrikaans. He started playing tennis at age five with his family in South Africa. His favorite surfaces to play are hard and grass, with his favorite shot being the forehand and favorite tournament being the Australian Open. Growing up his idols were Stefan Edberg and Andre Agassi. He trains in Perth and Melbourne and is a member of the Australian Davis Cup squad. Hobbies include the beach, surfing, movies and computer games. He married Kim Doig, a lawyer on November 16, 2012 in Margaret River, Western Australia.

 FEENEY, ADAM                                    Australia                        Introduced to tennis at a young age by his grandfather who used to take him and his brothers, Brendan and Grant, to training and tournaments. Other interests include going to the movies and the beach. He also played cricket until he was 16 and soccer until he was 12. Would describe himself as a serve-volleyer. Coached by Shane Fox.

 GINEPRI, ROBBY                                    USA                                   

Full name, Robert Louis Ginepri. A multi-sport athlete who didn’t devote himself to tennis until he was twelve years old. He enjoys fishing and a fan of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. Robby is the first player to compete at Wimbledon with a sleeveless shirt on June 23, 2003. He joined the Atlanta Youth Tennis Foundation Advisory board for under privileged kids in 2004. He married Josephine Stafford on September 29, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

 GROTH, SAMUEL                                   AUSTRALIA                       

Born October 19, 1987, in Narrandera, Australia. His highest ever ATP ranking is 189, which he reached on March 4, 2013. His career high in doubles, was 157 set April 18 2011. He is best known for hitting the fastest serve on record at 163.4 mph in 2012 at the ATP Challenger in Busan.

 JOHNSON, STEVE                                    USA                                    Father, Steve, is a tennis coach; Mother, Michelle is a math professor; one sister, Alison, a student at University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Growing up his idol was Pete Sampras. Favorite music includes U2 an Coldplay. Hobbies includes anything athletic.

 KLAHN, BRADLEY                                    USA                                   

Began playing tennis at age 11. Plays with a double-handed backhand. Father, Dennis, and mother, Nancy, who played tennis at Iowa. His favorite surface to play on is grass courts. Played for the United States in 2006 Junior Davis Cup. Ranked No. 1 in USTA under-18 boys singles and doubles rankings and won NCAA singles in 2010. Hobbies include golf and basketball. Coached by Lee Merry.

 KRAJICEK, AUSTIN                        USA                                    

 KUDLA, DENIS                                    USA                                    Born in Kiev, Ukraine and came over on his first birthday to Fairfax, VA. with parents. Father is a housing architect and his mother is a housewife. He has one older brother, Nikita, who is a student at University of Maryland. Denis began playing tennis at age seven and went to academy in Burke, Va. where he was coached by Frank Salazar. At age 13, moved to Arlington, Va. where he now spends part of the year along with Boca Raton, FL. where he trains. Was home-schooled since ninth grade and at age 16 was interested in attending University of Southern California but decided to turn pro. Won Orange Bowl 16s title in 2009 and turned pro afterwards. Reached final at US Open Jrs in 2010, losing to countryman Jack Sock. Considers hard courts as a favorite surface. Coached by former ATP pro and USTA Player Development Coach Diego Moyano since November 2010.

 KUZNETSOV, ALEX                        USA                                    Started playing tennis at age six when his father took him to the local courts. Mother, Julia is a computer analyst; father, Yuri, is a tennis coach. His grandfather was a Ukranian handball champion. He collects baseketball cards. If he wasn’t a tennis player he would like to be a golfer. Growing up, admired Marat Safin. Earlier this year, won the USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge for Roland Garros entry.

 MILLMAN, JOHN                                    Australia                        

Started playing tennis at age four because his four sisters, Shona, Kara, Tessa and Bronte, all played. Parents are Ron, a tennis center owner, and Shona, a teacher. Hobbies include movies, music, running, football, and golf. Favorite band are The Killers and The Temper Trap.

 MYNENI, SAKETH                              India                          

RAM, RAJEEV                                    USA                                   

Began playing at age four and as a junior, won three US national singles events and seven US national doubles events. Played one season and Univ. of Illinois and helped team to a 32-0 season in 2003 and NCAA team title. Biggest moments of his career are winning NCAA team title and capturing first ATP World Tour singles title in Newport in July 2009. Admired play of Boris Becker and Pete Sampras. Strengths include serves and attacking style. Enjoys golf and table tennis. Coached by Stephen Amritraj and Bryan Smith.

 REID, MATT                                    Australia                       

Started playing tennis at age 6 because his family had an old asphalt tennis court in their backyard. Was offered a scholarship to the Nick Bollettieri Academy in Florida when he was 15. Boarded at the Academy for 2 years so that he could complete year 12 via online education while training. Reached the 2008 Junior Wimbledon Championships doubles final alongside compatriot, Bernard Tomic. Won his maiden ITF Futures Pro Circuit event, the 2009 U.S.A. F19 in Godfrey, Illinois. Claimed three more ITF Futures titles in 2011, in Serbia, Romania, and Australia, breaking into the World’s Top 300 for the first time. Tennis heroes are Pat Rafter, because of his modesty and sportsmanship. Also Lleyton Hewitt for his on-court focus and determination. Favorite tournament is Wimbledon. He has a twin sister and younger brothers and sisters. Hobbies include playing rugby, poker, and surfing. Favorite artists include Chris Brown and Coldplay. He loves sushi.

 SANDGREN, TENNYS                        USA                       

Born July 22 1991, in Gallatin, Tennessee. As a junior, Sandgren compiled a singles win/loss record of 70-38, reaching as high as No. 9 in the combined ITF Junior world rankings in April 2009. As a sophomore, Sandgren reached the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championship, loosing to teammate, roommate and doubles partner, Rhyne Williams in three sets. He finished the season with a 37-6 record and his career with a 60-12 singles record, the third-best career winning percentage in Tennessee history. Sandgren turned pro in 2011, reaching his highest ATP singles ranking of 209 in April 2013 and his highest doubles ranking of World No. 137 in February 2013.

 SMITH, JOHN-PATRICK                        Australia           

Speaks Indonesian and English. Started playing tennis at age 7 with his brother. He likes playing on hast hard-court and favorite shot is his serve. Favorite tournament is the Australian Open. His idol growing up was Ivan Lendl. JP’s hobbies include swimming, rugby and cricket. Supports the New York Yankees and Tom Brady. He also supports Habitat for Humanity which helps build homes for families in need. “J-Man” trains at University of Tennessee, where he played from 2007-2011 and earned two degrees in economics. Was ranked No. 1 in both singles and doubles during his college career. He was one of only two players in NCAA history to be an All-American in singles and doubles with four straight years, and was SEC Athlete of the year in 2011.

 SMYCZEK, TIM                                    USA                       

Born and raised in Wisconsin, now resides in Tampa. Qualified into his first ATP main draw tournament in San Jose by winning eight qualifying matches before losing to Mardy Fish in the first round. He plays the violin and wants to be a lawyer when his tennis career is over.

 WANG, JIMMY                        Taipei                                   

Began playing at the age of seven. Compiled an impressive junior career, reaching career-high junior ranking of No. 3 in 2001 before finishing No. 5. Reached final at Australian Open and US Open, and semifinals at Wimbledon junior tournaments. In his junior career, won eight singles and four doubles titles. Has a 15-5 Davis Cup record and 9 ties since making his debut in 2001.

 YOUNG, DONALD                                    USA                       

Began playing tennis at age three with mother, Illona and father, Donald Sr., who are both tennis teaching professionals. They run the South Fulton Tennis Center in College Park, Georgia, outside of Atlanta after Donald Sr. took over operations in fall of 2003. Trains on occasion at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. with Nick Bollettieri. Favorite athletes are Michael Jordan, Pete Sampras and Tiger woods. He enjoys playing table tennis and board games like Monopoly. In 2005 became youngest year-end world No. 1 in the world. Also won Australian Open Junior titles at age 15, first American since Andy Roddick in 2000.

 ZVEREV, MISCHA                                    Germany                       

Began playing tennis at age 2 with father Alexander, a former Davis Cup player for the former Soviet Union. Family moved from Moscow to Germany in 1991. Speaks Russian, German and English. Nickname is Misch. Mischa likes fishing and NBA (Miami Heat). He admires his father who according to players such as Alexander Volkov and Yevgeny Kafelnikov ‘played like a cat on the court’. Favorite surface is indoors and favorite shots are serve and volley.

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