QUEENS, N.Y. — Former Tar Heel All-America, Nicholas Monroe, playing in his first ever main draw grand slam match Tuesday at the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadow with Donald Young scored a first-round come-from-behind upset victory over the seventh seed in the tournament.
Monroe, of Olathe, Kan., and Young, of Atlanta, received a USTA Wild Card and played the seventh-seeded team of Michael Llodra (FRA) and Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) in the first round.
After dropping the first set 5-7, Monroe and Young stormed back to win the match, 6-3 in the second set and 6-4 in the third set.
Next up for Monroe and Young will be the winners of a first round doubles match between Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut of France and Sanchai Ratiwatana and Sonchat Ratiwatana of Thailand.
Six months ago Monroe made the decision to primarily focus on doubles. During this time Monroe has won three Challengers in Italy, Mexico and Columbia. He also has reached the doubles finals in Dallas, Honolulu and Tunis. He is currently ranked #92 in the world.
Monroe achieved All-America honors in 2004, advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals.