PROVIDENCE, RI – Former Brown men's tennis standout Adil Shamasdin '05 has advanced to the doubles quarterfinals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. Shamasdin and his partner, John-Patrick Smith, an Australian who played at Tennessee, upset third-seeded James Blake (Harvard) and Rajeev Ram, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 10-6, in the first round. Shamasdin and Smith will now face Ivo Karlovic and Divij Sharan in Thursday's quarterfinal round.
Shamasdin is currently ranked #102 (doubles) in the world and #2 (doubles) in Canada. He has been ranked as high as #58 in the world.
Shamasdin became one of Brown's first-ever All-Americans in men's tennis when he and his doubles partner, Phil Charm, earned All-American recognition after advancing to the NCAA Round of 16 in 2005. That same year, Shamasdin also advanced to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Singles Tournament. Shamasdin currently ranks third all-time at Brown with 101 career singles wins, second all-time at Brown with 115 doubles wins and first all-time at Brown with 216 combined wins.
Since graduation, Shamasdin has won several ATP Challenger Tour Titles and one ATP World Tour Doubles Title, partnering with Jamie Cerretani '04, his doubles partner for three years at Brown, to defeat Lipsky and Ram in Johannesburg (February 2011). That same year, Shamasdin, partnering with Brunstrom, also finished as the runner-up in Newport, falling to Harrison and Ebden in the finals (6-4, 3-6, 5-10).
Cerretani also competed in the Hall of Fame Championships this week, pairing with Kenny De Schepper of France. The duo dropped their first round match against #2-seeded Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 6-3, 6-4.