April 30, 2012

Baker Earns French Open Spot, National Attention

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont men's assistant tennis coach Brian Baker has earned some national attention as he won Sunday's ATP Challenger Event in Savannah, Georgia and earned a berth into this year's French Open.

Baker, who entered the main draw as a qualifier, defeated Augustin Gensse 6-4, 6-3 in the final.  It was his first Challenger Tour victory since 2004.  

In addition to winning the tournament title, Baker earned a spot in this year's French Open draw.  The French Open is set for May 27-June 10 at famed Roland Garros in Paris.  It will be his first Grand Slam since the 2005 U.S. Open.

For a recap of Baker's victory from the Savannah Morning News, click here.

In addition, several national media outlets are taking note of Baker's comeback from multiple injuries that sidleined his playing career in 2005.

Brian Baker Down But Never Out -- Greg Garber from ESPN.com

John Wertheim Column -- SI.com

10sballs.com -- Q&A with Brian Baker

That's Some Kind of Rally: Brian Baker on the Comeback Trail -- USAToday.com