Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Dent gets final wild card here

By Neil Schmidt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Rising American Taylor Dent was awarded the last wild-card spot into the Western & Southern Financial Masters main draw, and Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy grad Jason Zimmermann received a wild card into the qualifier.

    The Western & Southern Financial Masters schedule:
    Seniors, 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday
    Qualifier, 10 a.m. Saturday and Aug. 4
    Main Draw, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 5-8; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 9; noon and 7 p.m. Aug. 10; and 1 p.m. Aug. 11
    For tickets, call 651-0303 or visit
        Zimmermann, 19, the 2001 Ohio Division II state champion who 10 days ago finished runner-up in the Thomas E. Price Metropolitan championship, will be a sophomore at Duke. He got the first of four wild cards into the 32-man qualifier; he needs to win two matches to reach the main draw.

        Dent, 21, won his first career ATP title this month at Newport, R.I., and is ranked 75th in the world. He and his father, Phil, are the only father-son combination in the open era (since 1968) to win an ATP event.

        The other three wild cards into the main draw went to Michael Chang, Jan-Michael Gambill and Jeff Morrison.


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