The University of Miami beat three-time 2019 winner the University of Florida 24-20 in the final of the Delray Beach Open ‘Tennis On Campus’ Challenge, held on Feb. 16 during the ATP World Tour event in Delray Beach, Fla.
The win ended a two-tournament finals losing streak for UM, which fell to the University of South Florida in the Oct. 13 final of the USF Bull Run in Tampa, and to UF in the final of the UM Ibis Open in Coral Gables on Nov. 10. It was UM’s second title of the season after tying UCF in the rained-out final of the first event of the season, the FSU Battle in the Capital in Tallahassee on Sept. 29.
“This past weekend we were in beautiful South Florida for everyone’s favorite event, the Delray Beach Open,” said USTA Florida Tennis on Campus Coordinator Desirae McLaughlin. “As always, there was great tennis to see from our TOC players, and when they were not on the courts themselves, they were engaged in all of the ATP action around the grounds.”
Final Gold Bracket Results:
Final: UM-“A” d. UF-“A” 24-20
Women’s Doubles: Caroline Herrero/Kalika Shelar (UF) d. Daniela Gonzalez/Dhanielly Quevedo 6-3
Men’s Doubles: Beltran Moreno/Rachan Ramesh (UM) d. Paulo Sicangco/Michael Zinn 6-2
Women’s Singles: Tess Flemma (UF) d. Dhanielly Quevedo 6-3
Men’s Singles: Ryan Space (UM) d. David Dollbaum 6-2
Mixed Doubles: Mateus Fairbairn/Dhanielly Quevedo (UM) d. Luca del Olmo/Isabella Herrero 6-4
Participating schools were the universities of Florida, North Florida, Miami, Tampa, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, and first-time appearances by Lynn and Beacon College.
The UF-“B” team won the Silver Bracket, topping the UT-“A” squad in the final, and the UNF-“A” team won the Bronze Bracket, defeating the UT-“B” team in the championship match.
The next event on the 2018-19 USTA Florida ‘Tennis on Campus’ schedule will be the season-ending USTA Florida Tennis on Campus Sectional Championships on Feb. 23.
USTA Florida ‘Tennis on Campus’ 2018-19 Tournament Schedule and Results:
Sept. 29 — FSU Battle in the Capital, Tallahassee (FINAL: UM-“A” vs. UCF-“A” rained out)
Oct. 13 — USF Bull Run, Tampa (FINAL: USF-“A” d. UM-“B”)
Oct. 20 — UCF Knightro Cup, Orlando (FINAL: UCF-“A” d. USF-“A”)
Nov. 10 — UM Ibis Open, Coral Gables (FINAL: UF-“A” d. UM-“A”)
Nov. 17 — FGCU Dirty Bird Classic, Ft. Myers (FINAL: UF-“A” d. UF-“B”)
Jan. 12 — UNF Swoop the Nest, Jacksonville (FINAL: UF-“A” d. UF-“B”)
Feb. 2 — UF Gatorbowl, Gainesville (FINAL: UCF-“A” d. UF-“B”)
Feb. 16 — Delray Beach Open ‘Tennis On Campus’ Challenge, Delray Beach (FINAL: UM-“A” d. UF-“A”)
Feb. 23 — USTA Florida Tennis on Campus Sectional Championships
Oct. 5 — Tennis on Campus Fall Invitational, Cary, N.C. (FINAL: Georgia d. Florida)
March 23 — Tennis on Campus Spring Invitational, Surprise, Ariz.
April 11-14 — Tennis on Campus National Championships, USTA National Campus, Orlando
About USTA Tennis On Campus
The USTA’s Tennis On Campus program is designed to provide college students with opportunities for team camaraderie, social networking, and rivaled competition through tennis without the rigors of a NCAA varsity program. Tennis on Campus offers fun co-ed team-based play (using the World TeamTennis scoring format), regional and national championship competition, and helps students maintain active and healthy lifestyles through their college years. Currently the program is offered on more than 500 college campuses. The USTA Tennis on Campus team format features men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles, with a minimum of two men and two women per team.
For more information on the USTA Florida Tennis on Campus series or to start a team at your school go to www.ustaflorida.com/TOC, or contact Desirae McLaughlin at email@example.com.