Kendrick wins semifinal, final at Forest Hills

Updated: May 20, 2006, 5:35 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Robert Kendrick won for the first time since returning from a wrist injury five months ago, beating Cecil Mamiit 6-2, 6-2 on Saturday in the final of the Forest Hills Clay Court Classic at the West Side Tennis Club.

Earlier Saturday, Kendrick beat third-seeded Ricardo Mello of Brazil 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the rain-delayed semifinals.

"I played my best tennis of the entire week today," Kendrick said.

Kendrick, who prefers grass and hard courts to clay, will not compete in the French Open. His immediate plans include a trip to the West Coast to see his family.

"Then I will play a Challenger in Korea and another in California on grass courts before heading to Wimbledon," Kendrick said.

Mamiit and Chris Drake won the doubles title, beating Eric Butorac and Mirko Pehar 6-4, 6-1.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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