Junior Bradley Klahn, the reigning NCAA singles champion in men’s tennis, has earned a wild-card entry to the SAP Open in San Jose this week. Klahn will be matched up in the first round with Frenchman Gael Monfils, the No. 12 player in the world, on Wednesday.
This will not be the first time Klahn has faced off with one of the world’s best players in a professional tournament. Last summer, Klahn earned a wild-card entry to the U.S. Open, where he took on fellow American Sam Querrey, then ranked No. 20 in the world, in the first round. Klahn won a set against Querrey and held his own in a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 loss.
In that same tournament, Klahn beat Monfils in doubles. Paired with fellow American Tim Smyczek, Klahn handily defeated Monfils and his partner Marc Gicquel, 6-1, 6-2, in the first round. The duo was then eliminated by the eventual winners and No. 1 team in the world, Bob and Mike Bryan.
Klahn will be joined at the SAP Open by classmate Ryan Thacher, and the pair will take part in the doubles competition. The two lefties reached the semifinals of the NCAA Championships last spring, and the pair has won five doubles titles.
Klahn and Thacher will match up with third-seeded Dustin Brown and Rogier Wassen on Tuesday afternoon at the Courtside Club in Los Gatos before Klahn and Monfils play at center court at HP Pavilion in the nightcap on Wednesday.