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Two Virginia Tennis alumni set to play in the US Open

Kwiatkowksi, Aragone will start play Monday.

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Kwiatkowski is one of two Hoos to hit the court in the US Open.
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The US Open first round kicks off Monday at 11am (ET), and you may see a couple faces you recognize. Thai Kwiatkowski and J.C. Aragone will both participate in the main draw of the men’s singles championship, the first time that Virginia has had two players in the event. Both Kwiatkowski and Aragone graduated in the spring after helping the Hoos to their third straight national championship.

Kwiatkowski, by virtue of being the 2017 NCAA singles champion, earned an automatic bid into the main draw of the event. The draw was announced today, matching the Virginia alum with Mischa Zverev (GER), the #27 player in the world (yikes).

Thai has already had an amazing experience in his first US Open as he hit around with world #2 Andy Murray yesterday.

Very fire practice today. Thanks @andymurray for the hit. Pumped to play my first main draw US open! #hoos

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Aragone earned his spot in the Open by winning one of the qualifying spots by defeating Australian Akira Santillan with a score of 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.

The win was Aragone’s third in the qualifying tournament, taking out #101 Marco Cecchinato, #257 Riccardo Bellotti, and Santillan. His first round win over Cecchinato - the fifth seed in the event - was called “the upset of day” by ATP World Tour as Aragone wasn’t even supposed to be in the event. “I got a last-minute wild card,” Aragone told ATP World Tour. “I wasn't in the tournament and then I'm the last guy in. I got the opportunity to play and I made the most of it."

Aragone’s opponent has yet to be announced.