Thursday, June 3, 2010

Haitian Olivier Sajous overcomes obstacles to reaches finals at U.S. Open Tennis sectional qualifier

Name the obstacle and Olivier Sajous has most likely hurdled it.

Whether it’s his opponent across the tennis court, financial issues or personal tragedy, Sajous has dealt with and conquered them.

Now he’s one step closer to making the U.S. Open after dispatching German Sanchez 6-0, 6-2 in the men’s semifinal in the sectional qualifier of the national playoffs at IMG Academies.
S
ajous came to Florida to fine-tune his game from Haiti.

He finished high school, then went to Florida Atlantic for two years before transferring to the University of Texas.

Sajous left college after one year to embark on a professional career — one that has put him in a daily grind with a slew of fellow players all trying to reach the sport’s elite level.

But one of the dilemma he’s faced since turning pro has been finances.

Coming from Haiti, where 80 percent of the population is below the poverty line as estimated in 2003 according to the CIA’s World Factbook (www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ha.html), hasn’t lent Sajous the financial stability that players from wealthier countries sometimes get.

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