Former Brown Men's Tennis Standouts Cerretani, Shamasdin Compete at Wimbledon 2011
Courtesy of Brown Sports Information
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Former Brown men’s tennis standouts Jamie Cerretani and Adil Shamasdin competed in Gentlemen’s Doubles at 2011 with Cerretani reaching the quarterfinals and Shamasdin making it to the second round.
Currently ranked No. 71 in the world in doubles action,
Cerretani and his partner, Philipp Marx (Germany),
won their first three matches, en route to the quarterfinals. The
duo's Wimbledon run ended in the quarters to sixth-seeded
Michael Llodra (France) and Nenad
Zimonjic (Serbia), 6-7 (7-3), 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.
Cerretani holds the Bears’ career doubles win record with 120
It marked the fourth straight year Cerretani has competed at Wimbledon and is the farthest he has advanced in any Grand Slam event. After losing in the second round at Wimbledon in 2008, Cerretani was eliminated in the first round in both 2009 and 2010.
The duo opened the Championships with a win 6-4, 6-1 win over Thailand’s Sanchai Ratiwatana and Sonchat Ratiwatana in the first round. The second round saw Cerretani and Marx displace 16th-seeded Daniele Bracciali (Italy) and Frantisek Cermak (Czech Republic) in four sets (4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4).
The third round match between Cerretani and Marx and the Columbian duo of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah was scheduled for Monday, June 27, but was moved to Tuesday, June 28, after getting cancelled on Monday.
After falling behind, 6-3, following the first set, the match was suspended due to weather. However, Cerretani and Marx stormed back after the delay and won the next three sets, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 6-4 to move onto the quarterfinal match.
Adil Shamasdin, who was Cerretani’s doubles partner for three years at Brown, went 1-1 in his first career appearance at Wimbledon. Having played in two other Grand Slam events, this marks the first time Shamasdin has advanced out of the first round.
Currently ranked No. 68 in the world in doubles and partnering with Chris Cuccione (Australia), the duo upset 10th-seeded Mark Knowles (Bahamas) and Lukasz Kobot (Poland) in the first round (1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4). The duo lost a hard-fought three-set match in the second round on Monday, falling to Carsten Ball (Australia) and Santiago Gonzalez (Mexico), 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.
Earlier this year, Cerretani and Shamasdin combined to win their first ATP World Tour team title in Johannesburg, South Africa at the SA Tennis Open. The duo battled past top seeds Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram, 6-3, 3-6, 10-7, to earn the title.