TENNISFILES – Dennis Novak of Austria won the F5 Futures tournament in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt for the second straight week.
The number 4 seed faced a tough three set match in the first round against Qualifier Vincent Stouff of France. Novak then proceeded to drop only 13 games en route to the final before defeating number two seed Jaroslav Pospisil (brother of Vasek Pospisil) of the Czech Republic in three sets.
Pospisil and fellow Czech Dominik Kellovsky took the doubles title.
TENNISFILES – (February 18) – The Montgomery County Men’s and Women’s Tri-Level teams will head to Nationals after winning the Tri-level Sectionals tournament in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
It will be the second time in three years that both the men’s and women’s Montgomery Country Tri-Level Nationals teams will represent the Mid-Atlantic area.
Last year, the Northern Virginia men won the National Championship title. The tournament, culminating with the top tri-level teams from each section of the country, is held in Indian Wells, California.
The tournament runs at the same time as the BNP Paribas Open, which draws most of the top tennis players in the world from the mens and womens tour.
Serena will be playing the tournament after over a decade of boycotting the tournament.
— BNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) February 4, 2015
The winning teams will be introduced on the stadium court on the final day f the professional tournament.
TENNISFILES (February 18) – The Oklahoma Sooners are the top team in college tennis, claiming the #1 spot in the latest ITA poll. The #1 ranked Trojans are coming off a victory in the 2015 ITA National Championships against the University of Southern California.
The Sooners are lead by #11 ranked Junior Axel Alvarez. John Roddick, brother of top ranked American Andy Roddick, coaches the 10-0 Sooners. OU’s first match of the spring season is against Texas A&M at College Station, Texas.
— US College Tennis (@USCollegeTennis) February 18, 2015
Oklahoma leapfrogged the University of Southern California, who slipped to #2. The Trojans lost 4-2 to the Sooners in the National Championships on Monday and have a 9-1 record.
The Georgia Bulldogs move up one to the 3rd spot, with a 6-2 record.
On the women’s side, the undefeated University of North Carolina sits atop the team rankings after winning the ITA National Indoor Championships. Sophomore Jamie Loeb leads the team with a #5 singles ranking.
The University of Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs round out the 2 and 3 spots, respectively.
TENNISFILES (February 17) – Rafael Nadal advanced to the second round of the Rio Open, defeating hometown favorite Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 6-4 6-1.
The number one seed broke Bellucci in the fifth game of the match. However both players struggled to hold, and neither held serve again until Nadal closed out the first set.
Nadal ran away with the second set, racing to a 4-0 lead before Bellucci could stop the bleeding. The match ended with a long backhand from the Brazilian.
David Ferrer defeated his friend and compatriot Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain 6-4 6-3. Ferrer was tested early, needing to save 5 break points in the first service game.
Gimeno-Traver was on the brink of serving for the first set, but let three break points slip away at 4-4 before Ferrer served out the set. The second set was all Ferrer. Both had ten break point opportunities, but it was the number two seed who capitalized on four of them to his opponent’s two.
Fourth seeded Italian Fabio Fognini squeezed by Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 1-6, 7-6, 6-1. Despite being thrashed in the first set and being down a match point, the fourth seed won the second set with help from a Vesely double fault at 6-5 in the tiebreak.
Just a couple days earlier, Nadal enjoyed carnival with Ferrer and native Gustavo Kuerten.
TENNISFILES (February 17) – Caroline Wozniacki defeated Sam Stosur in three tight sets at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
The Danish number one dropped the first set 4-6 to Stosur, but rallied back to win the second by a comfortable 6-1 count.
The match was hotly contested, with Stosur the aggressor for most of the competition. The Dane looked on her way to an easy third set when she broke Stosur for a 3-2 lead. Wozniacki followed with a hold after a ten minute game, and a second consecutive break of the Australian’s serve to go up 5-2.
Stosur would not go away, upping her aggression and benefiting from a poor service game by Wozniacki to pull even at 5-5. Wozniacki was able to break Stosur and won the final point when Stosur shanked a forehand well long.
Wozniacki ended the match with 30 unforced errors, while Stosur had 48.
Fresh off her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit debut, the third seeded Wozniacki advances to the third round to face 15 seed Alize Cornet of France.
Wozniacki appeared to have health issues and was treated for knee pain during the match.
Thank you for the support today Dubai! Y'all are amazing!
— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) February 17, 2015