November 25th, 2019

Former ‘Bobby Curtis’ Winner Zink Captures Pro Circuit Title

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Former USTA Florida “Bobby Curtis” state champion Tyler Zink and partner Eliot Spizzirri won the title at the DropshotLLC Men’s Pro Tennis Open ITF World Tennis Tour $15,000 event in Austin, Texas, in the doubles final over the weekend.

The No. 14-seeded Americans in the championship match upset the top-seeded team of Americans Justin Butsch and Ian Dempster 4-6, 6-3, 10-7.

Bradenton’s Zink in 2015 won the USTA Florida “Bobby Curtis” State Singles Championship in the boys’ 14s division.

A freshman at Georgia, Zink won his second ITF/USTA Pro Circuit title after his first last June with Georgia teammate Trent Bryde. It was the first pro circuit title for Spizzirri who has committed to Texas.

Spizzirri-Zink did not drop a set en route to the final. The pair in September won the US Open junior doubles title.

“It was truly a dream come true,” Zink said. “Winning the US Open junior was unbelievable. Words can’t describe how excited I was.”

With a Jan. 30, 2001 birthday, Zink is eligible and says he plans to play all four junior Slams in 2020.

Top-seeded American Collin Altamirano won the singles title, in the final defeating unseeded Brit Jacob Fearnley 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

The USTA Pro Circuit serves as America’s main pathway for men and women who seek to compete at the highest levels of professional tennis. Formed in 1979 to provide additional competitive opportunities on American soil for players who aspire to earn the professional ranking points needed to gain entry into the higher-level tournaments on the senior pro tours (the ATP World Tour for men and the WTA for women), the USTA Pro Circuit has since grown into the largest pro circuit in the world, awarding over $4 million in total prize money at the more than 100 tournaments on the 2019 schedule.

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