Former Blue Raider Andreas Siljestrom is scheduled to compete at the 2011 US Open on Thursday at 10 a.m. CT in New York. Siljestrom will partner with Martin Emmrich for the doubles competition, and the duo will face Ashley Fisher and Stephen Huss in the opening round.
“Not many college players make it to a Grand Slam, especially the main draw, so this is a tremendous honor for Andreas,” said Dale Short, former Middle Tennessee head coach and nine-time conference coach of the year. “It was great to work with him and watch him mature during his four years at Middle Tennessee. The thing that means the most to me is to see him grow up and be so successful.”
A two-time All-American at Middle Tennessee, Siljestrom becomes the second Blue Raider to compete in a Grand Slam. The Stockholm, Sweden, native joins Fred Niemeyer, who has played in multiple Grand Slams, as the only Blue Raiders on record to accomplish the feat.
“We feel like he has a great opportunity because his opponents also played college tennis, so we’re somewhat familiar with them,” Short said. “The toughest thing will be the nerves of playing in a Grand Slam event. But I’m thrilled to have the chance to watch him.”
Siljestrom is currently ranked No. 87 in the world in doubles play and was ranked as high as No. 82 in early August. He teamed with partner Simon Aspelin in July to compete at the SkiStar Swedish Open, and the duo finished as the tournament’s runner-up.
The US Open runs through Sept. 11, with the men’s doubles final set for Sept. 9. Live stats for all matches are available by clicking here.