Brian Vahaly

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Brian Vahaly
Country (sports)  United States
Residence Washington, DC
Born (1979-07-19) July 19, 1979 (age 39)
Camden, New Jersey
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Turned pro 2001
Retired November 2007
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $596,775
Singles
Career record 21–43
Career titles 0
5 Challengers, 5 Futures
Highest ranking No. 64 (17 March 2003)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2004)
French Open 1R (2003)
Wimbledon 2R (2003)
US Open 1R (2002, 2003)
Doubles
Career record 16–17
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 94 (15 September 2003)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open 1R (2003)
Wimbledon 1R (2004)
US Open Q1 (2000)
Mixed doubles
Career record 0–1
Career titles 0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open 1R (2003)

Brian Vahaly (born July 19, 1979) is an American former professional tennis player and a graduate of University of Virginia.[1] He reached the quarterfinals of the 2003 Indian Wells Masters (defeating world no. 3 Juan Carlos Ferrero en route) and achieved a career-high of world no. 64 in March 2003.

Early career[edit]

He began playing tennis at the age of two with his parents Barry and Karen. As a junior, Brian Vahaly captured the Easter Bowl 18s title and reached the final of the Coffee Bowl in Costa Rica in 1997. His best junior Grand Slam result was reaching the quarterfinal at Wimbledon that same year, where he finished 17th in the world junior rankings.

Vahaly proceeded to play four years of collegiate tennis at the University of Virginia from 1998 to 2001, where he was a three-time All-American and finished as the school's most successful player.[1] In 2000, he won the United States Amateur Championships (Men's Tennis). In 2001, Vahaly reached the singles final at the NCAA Championships, and lost in the doubles semifinal with Huntley Montgomery, but finished as the no. 1 player in doubles and no. 5 in singles (40-6).

Vahaly became UVA's first tennis All-American in 1999 and during the previous season was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of Year. In his last two seasons, he was a two-time ACC Player of Year, and as a senior, he was named the University of Virginia Male Athlete of Year. He graduated with two majors in Finance and Business Management, and finished his career at Virginia as an Academic All-American.

Professional career[edit]

In 2003, Vahaly enjoyed a breakthrough season on the ATP circuit, advancing to the semifinals of Memphis (falling to Andy Roddick) and the quarterfinals of Indian Wells. He defeated three top 10 ranked players Fernando González, (2003 French Open Champion and former world no. 1) Juan Carlos Ferrero, and Tommy Robredo at Indian Wells and later teamed with Andy Roddick in Washington, D.C. to defeat the no. 1 ranked doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan. During the year he also posted wins over Michael Chang and Vince Spadea. Vahaly was the only college graduate in the top 100 in the world and was recognized by People magazine in its issue of the 25 Hottest Bachelors. In March 2003, he reached his career high singles ranking of world no. 64.

In 2004, Vahaly spent most of the year on the ATP circuit playing events in Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Newport, Houston, Indian Wells, San Jose, Adelaide, and the Australian Open (losing to finalist Marat Safin).

Vahaly played his last tournament at the U.S. Open losing to Juan Martín del Potro. After the tournament, Vahaly revealed that the shoulder injury had plagued him for some time. On September 7, 2006, Brian underwent surgery to repair several tears to his right rotator cuff. He had two additional surgeries later that year.

Retirement[edit]

In November 2007, Vahaly announced his retirement from professional tennis on his website. He had three shoulder surgeries from 2006 to 2007. He moved to Washington, DC to work for McLean Capital, a private equity fund. In 2013, Vahaly began serving on the USTA board of directors and then became the chief operating officer of Venturehouse Group. In 2015, he became the chief operating officer of NextGen Venture Partners, a seed stage venture capital fund. He married his husband Bill in 2015, and they had two twin boys in 2016, Bennett and Parker.

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