Taylor Dent of Newport Beach, predicted by some to be the next great American men's tennis star, will play Andre Agassi in the first round of Wimbledon next week.
Dent, 19, ranked 226, lost only one set in three rounds of qualifying. Thursday, he reached his first Wimbledon main draw with a 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) victory over 199th-ranked Lars Burgsmuller of Germany.
Dent, who won the Southern Section singles title as a freshman at Corona del Mar High, has struggled since turning professional two years ago. But he has been playing well lately, especially on grass.
Last week, he reached the quarterfinals of the Surbiton Challenger in England. In the first round, he upset Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman, who 2 1/2 years ago was the world's fourth-ranked player.