We gave Tennis Warehouse-sponsored pros Andre Dome and Daniel Nguyen a GoPro camera as they set off for Seoul, Korea to compete in a series of ITF Futures tournaments. In the first episode, they give us an introduction into their day-to-day lifestyle and even a glimpse of some authentic Korean BBQ!
Andre Dome competed for and recently graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and was their first ever NCAA Division I All-American in the program’s history. After his successful collegiate career he’s giving the pro tour a try. He’s currently ranked #1358 in the ATP singles rankings. WATCH AN INTERVIEW WITH ANDRE DOME HERE!
Daniel Nguyen also had an extremely successful collegiate career, competing for USC and helping them win four consecutive NCAA Team Championship titles. He’s also the first Vietnamese-American tennis player ever to compete in the US Open. He’s currently ranked #486 in the ATP singles rankings.
Local tennis star Andre Dome has already accomplished a lot in his young tennis career. The California Central Coast standout was a Blue Chip recruit out of high school and an NCAA Division I All-American in college, the first in the history of his alma mater, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Now, Andre is giving the ATP pro tour a try. Check out the interview to learn more about him and the beginning of his long, arduous and rewarding journey playing professional tennis.
Well, it was a tough weekend of qualifying but I managed to make it through. Thankfully I only had to play one match a day, anything else in the heat of Claremont would have been a real challenge. I got a first round bye on Friday, meaning that I started my qualifying campaign first thing on Saturday morning. I won my first and second rounds convincingly, 6-2 6-1 and 6-1 6-4 respectively. I played my final round of qualifying this morning. My opponent was Emmett Egger, a player from the University of Washington. On the line, a spot in the main draw and a little bit of revenge for me. Egger and his partner Kyle McMorrow had been the only team to beat my doubles partner, Andre Dome, and I in the collegiate regular season last year.
I got off to a great start. Serving big and really putting pressure on my opponents return games. I broke in the third game and never looked back. Although I was putting more pressure on him than he was putting on me, we both held serve for the rest of the set. 6-4 to me.
The second set was a carbon copy of the first. I broke early and then held serve convincingly to take the match 6-4 6-4. It was a great feeling to qualify without losing a set and an even better feeling to get some wins under my belt. Qualifiers get the following day off, so I’ll play my next match on Wednesday morning. The draw was just posted and my opponent is Marcos Giron, the standout from UCLA. Not the greatest draw, but definitely not the worst. My partner, Fabian Matthews, and I are scheduled to play doubles tomorrow afternoon.
I’ll let you know how it goes. I have to get back to watching the US Open final, Nadal up 4-3 in the third. Unbelievable tennis going on right now. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal really are taking our sport to new heights. It’s incredible to watch.