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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wimbledon 2011 Player Profile: Rik De Voest

Rik De Voest Rik De Voest of South Africa in action against Ivan Navarro of Spain during day one of the South African Tennis Open at Montecasino on February 02, 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty images) *** Local Caption *** Rik De Voest

Every Grand Slam, I feature players who are currently ranked outside the Top 100 but have reached the second round.  That is not an easy feat to do since to be outside the Top 100, you'd have to qualify first and then have a little luck in the draw for the first round so that you can have a chance to reach the second round.

The first player I'll feature is actually a veteran already from South Africa, Rik De Voest.  Currently ranked #147, he had to go through qualifying to get his slot in the main draw and he was lucky to get Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain as his first round, who is currently ranked #121, so in a way, they were not too far in current performance, singles wise.

He wins their first round encounter 62 63 62.  His second round opponent though is the dangerous floater, Fernando Gonzalez of Chile.  I would pick Gonzalez though he's more experienced.

However, De Voest's performance here should help his ranking go up a little bit.  His highest ranking ever was in 2006 when he reached #110.

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