BRENDAN EVANS & BRETT JOELSON
September 7, 2001
15 years old (Date of Birth: 4/8/1986) & 16 years old (Date of Birth: 12/12/1984)
It was their doubles win at the Boys' 16s Super National Hard Courts that earned Brendan and Brett entries into the junior doubles at the Open. Brendan, a singles finalist at Kalamazoo, had also entered the singles and won his first round match against Florian Lemke before falling -- in a very close 7-6,4-6,6-4 -- to eventual finalist Yeu-Tzuoo Wang. Brett, on the other hand, had been forced to qualify for the boys singles and lost in that event's second round. Despite their different paths to the Open, these boys shared a definite connection on and off the doubles court.
I sat down with Brendan and Brett between the doubles semifinals and finals. By that point it did not matter whether or not they were going to win, it was clear that I wanted to speak to these two talented boys that had made it this far.
by Marcia Frost
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Q: What is it like to be in the finals of a Grand Slam?
Brett: "It feels really good. This is our second time playing together."
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