November 9th, 2016
Florida’s Opelka Wins 1st Pro Tennis Title; USPTA Chps. Winners
Florida’s Zguns, Ianni Win National USPTA Hard Court Championships
Adrians Zguns of Orlando and Stefano Ianni of Miami were title winners at the 2016 USPTA Hard Court Championships on Nov. 4-6 at Hollytree Country Club in Tyler, Texas.
Zguns defeated the 2015 men’s singles winner Ianni 6-1, 6-4 in the men’s singles final. With the two titles this year, Zguns now has a total of 13 USPTA Surface Championship wins.
Ianni and Zguns paired-up to win the men’s doubles, in the final defeating James Daly (Tyler, Texas)/Sebastian Bader (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) 6-4, 6-3 to successfully defend their title from last year.
Ianni also paired with Katya Morozova-Pomier (Houston) for the mixed doubles title, in the final defeating Bader/Kendra Casey (Franklin, Texas) 6-2, 6-1.
Total prize money for the event was $13,000, and the three-day tournament was open to USPTA-certified teaching professionals. Full results of the 2016 USPTA Hard Court Championships are available on setteo.com/torneos/13-000-uspta-national-hard-courts.
For more information on the USPTA Surface Championships, visit uspta.com/tournaments.
Florida’s Opelka Wins 1st USTA Pro Circuit Title at Charlottesville
Palm Coast native Reilly Opelka won his first pro tennis title over the weekend at the $50,000 ATP Challenger in Charlottesville, Va., in the final defeating Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(5).
“I had to manage my energy and my body,” Opelka told The Daily Progress of letting the second set go after going down multiple breaks early to save his energy for the third set. “I was pretty beat up after a long week. It was a tough decision to make on the court, but I think it paid off.”
The 19-year-old unseeded Opelka survived two three-setters in his opening two rounds, coming from a set down to defeat former University of Florida standout Sekou Bangoura, then beating another Floridian in Michael Mmoh.
In the quarterfinals he handled No. 4 seed Denis Kudla 6-3, 7-6(7), the lone seed he faced during the week.
Opelka hit 28 aces during the final, a career high.
The win moved the former Wimbledon junior champion from 276 to No. 208 on the ATP World Tour rankings, and into the early lead for the USTA Australian Open Wild Card Challenge, which awards a main draw wild card to the player that amasses the most points over three USTA Pro Circuit events.
The 6-foot-11 Opekla missed roughly six weeks after the US Open due to a foot injury, and Charlotte was his second tournament back on tour.
For additional tournament info go to www.usta.com/Pro-Tennis/Pro-Circuit/2016_mens_pro_circuit_tournaments__october.