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Andy Lake Takes Home Two Gold Balls at USTA National 35s

November 16, 2005 12:46 PM

Daytona Beach - Andy Lake of Davie, FL, added two more gold balls to his growing collection as he defeated finalist, Gabriel Keymer from Key Biscayne, 6-3, 7-6 (6) in the finals at the Florida Tennis Center. It was the second year in a row that Keymer contested for the Men’s 35 Clay Court Championship only to come up short in a very close match. Both players demonstrated superb baseline aggression and patience during long and entertaining rallies. It was Lake’s strong serving and adept touch at the net that proved to be too much for Keymer.

This is the fourth year in a row that this National Championship has come to Daytona Beach to play on the new state of the art hydro-clay courts. The event has grown from 23 entrants to a full draw of 64. Not surprisingly, many of the players were Floridians, but quite a few players flew in from all over the country including California, Oregon, Texas, and New York to name just a few.

In the doubles, Andy Lake teamed up with George Zink of Lititz, Pennsylvania to capture the crown with a win over Mark Harrison of Melbourne and Carlos Garcia of Chattanooga, Tennessee by the score of 6-4,6-2.

The USTA National Men’s 35 Clay Court Championship is sponsored by the City of Daytona Beach Leisure Services, USTA, Wilson Racquet Sports, and S.R. Perrott Distributors of Ormond Beach. The Florida Tennis Center is Daytona’s newest state of the art sports facility with 24 hydro-clay tennis courts and is home of USTA Florida.

Next years’ event is already planned to run November 3-8, 2006.

 

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