The $25,000 Sanchez-Casal Florida Sponsored by Germain BMW of Naples, a USTA Pro Circuit and ITF World Tour event, concluded on Sunday when No. 8 seed Ronald Slobodchikov of Russia beating qualifier Alejandro Gomez of Colombia on the red clay 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 in the final in Naples, Fla.
Slobodchikov in the semifinals beat unseeded Colombian Cristian Rodriguez 6-4, 7-6(4), and Gomez in his semi beat American qualifier Evan Zhu 6-2, 6-3.
CONGRATULATIONS TO Ronald Slobodchikov 🏆on winning the $25,000 Men’s Sanchez-Casal BMW of naples @BMWofNaples good job Alejandro Gomez 🥈 placed finalist on the tournament of #itfworldtennistour A special thank you to everyone that helped on this amazing tournament ! pic.twitter.com/S01Aj51xji
— SanchezCasalFlorida (@ASCFlorida) February 16, 2020
The former Southern Methodist University player Slobodchikov won his sixth career ITF title and first this year after claiming two in 2019. The 28-year-old Gomez was looking to win a sixth career title after a single ITF title in 2019 at Santa Marta, Colombia.
The all-Florida all-teen wild card team of juniors Martin Damm and Toby Kodat of Bradenton captured the doubles title, the first for either player, in the final defeating fellow unseeded players Nicolas Barrientos and Rodriguez 4-6, 6-4, 10-7.
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— SanchezCasalFlorida (@ASCFlorida) February 15, 2020
In their first round, Damm/Kodat upset the top seeds, and in the semifinals they received a walkover.
It was the first-ever ITF title for the 16-year-old Damm or the 17-year-old Kodat.
In August of last year, Damm/Kodat won the USTA Boys 18s National Hard Court Championships doubles title, earning a wild card entry into the doubles main draw of the 2019 US Open where they became the youngest men’s doubles team to win a US Open match in the Open Era.
“What a day for us and what an amazing place to record our first Grand Slam win, and then to do it together,” Damm said after the US Open win. “We have been friends since we were very young, and played in every level of the juniors together.”
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