Before the start of his qualifying match yesterday at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, Treat Huey emerged from the players' lounge early and did not know quite what to do with himself. The 18-year-old, who is from Alexandria, chatted with a few friends, stood alone for several minutes and then retreated back inside.
Things did not get much better for Huey once he stepped onto the court; the two-time All-Met Player of the Year suffered a 6-2, 6-0 loss to 29-year-old journeyman Mashiska Washington, the younger brother of former pro and 1996 Wimbledon finalist MaliVai. Huey was one of only two Washington area players to complete his match before severe rain canceled the remainder of the schedule.
Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia and Montenegro dispatched former University of Virginia standout Brian Vahaly, 6-3, 6-2, earlier in the day.
"At the start of the match, I was real tight but managed to hold my first two service games," said Huey, who will play for the University of Virginia this fall. "But from there on, nothing was going my way. . . . His experience on the tour was a big advantage. Right at the start of the match, he knew what to do to take me out of my game."
Washington kept Huey on the defensive with solid serving and consistent and aggressive ground strokes. He won 73 percent of the points on his first serve, and 67 percent on his second. He was equally efficient against Huey's serve, capturing 59 percent of the points.
"From the very beginning, I played my game," said Washington, who faces Michel Kratochvil in the second round today. "In a match like this, you try to play well enough to win by cutting down on errors, so you're not staying out there longer than you have to."
Washington also took advantage of his opportunities, breaking Huey's serve four out of eight chances. In the first set, he smacked a crosscourt backhand winner to take a 2-1 advantage that Huey could not overcome. In the second set, Huey double-faulted on game point in his first two service games, lifting Washington to a 4-0 lead.
Five first-round matches are scheduled to resume at 10 a.m. today, including 37-year-old Richmond resident Carl Clark, who dropped the first set at 6-0 and was trailing 3-0 in the second against Yeu-Tzuoo Wang. Other matches involving area players will include Washingtonian H'Cone Thompson against Zack Fleishman, while former William & Mary standout Trevor Spracklin will face John Paul Fruttero.