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Boe-Wiegaard '06 reaching new heights as a tennis pro

Will Boe-Wiegaard '06 plays at the Futures tournament in Montauban, France, in June. (Yonneck Le Jeune photo)

MONTREAL -- While the lasting memory of Will Boe-Wiegaard '06 for many Bates sports enthusiasts would be his thrilling run to victory in the 2006 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Singles Championship, the five-time All-American has played a lot of tennis since then, and never ceased growing and improving his game.

Boe-Wiegaard's post-Bates professional career has reached a new plateau in recent weeks, culminating with the reward of a wild card to play in the Rogers Cup Montreal Masters 1000 Qualifying draw, a true big-time tournament on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) circuit that gives out $2.4 million in prize money, and was ultimately won by superstar Novak Djokovic.

In the first round of the qualifying draw, Boe-Wiegaard faced the world's 107th-ranked player, Marsel Ilhan of Turkey, and the seventh-seeded Ilhan prevailed 6-3, 6-4. Boe-Wiegaard earned his second ATP point, and now is the No. 1,404-ranked player in the world by the ATP.

The 27-year-old Boe-Wiegaard earned his first ATP point on June 27 when he defeated the 399th-ranked player in the world, 6-foot-6 Frenchman Fabrice Martin, in straight sets (6-3, 7-5) at the $15,000 Futures tournament in Montauban, France, after advancing through the qualifying rounds. It wasn't the first time Boe-Wiegaard has played and defeated a ranked player -- he once defeated the No. 280 player -- but the cumulative effect of his recent winning earned him the ATP point that significantly raised his profile, and led to the invitation to Montreal.

Go to William Boe-Wiegaard's International Tennis Federation profile

Go to Will's website, willboe.com