Hopkins Earns Wild Card into W-S Open Qualifying
Aug. 16, 2012
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Media Relations (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - David Hopkins, who played a the top of the lineup for the Wake Forest tennis team last spring, has earned a wild card into the qualifying for the ATP's Winston-Salem Open where he will compete against tour professionals for a spot in the main draw of the tournament.
Hopkins earned the spot in the qualifying by winning a wild card tournament that was held at Hanes Park, defeating former Wake Forest All-American Steven Forman in the finals. Winston-Salem Open qualifying starts on Saturday at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex. Saturday's order of play will be released by the tournament on Friday.
"I'm really excited for this opportunity," said Hopkins. "When I heard about this wild card tournament, my goal was to win it and then win at least one match in the Winston-Salem Open qualifying. I'm excited to be this close to achieving that, and I can't wait to get out there."
A native of Winston-Salem, Hopkins went 25-16 in singles for the Demon Deacons last spring while rotating between the top two positions in the lineup. He earned All-ACC honors for his performance.
In the Winston-Salem Open's second year, Hopkins is the second Demon Deacon to compete in the tournament. Last year, former Wake Forest All-American Cory Parr competed in the doubles main draw and won his first round match.
"It's great to be able to play this tournament on my home courts at Wake Forest in front of all of my friends and family," said Hopkins. "I know how the ball plays on these courts, and my mom has already called about a thousand people, so I'm looking forward to having their support for my match."