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Star Island Pro Tennis Classic

February 16, 2006 12:29 PM

KISSIMMEE–The tournament’s seeds held up in both men’s draws at the Star Island Pro Tennis Classic in January.  For the first time in the tournament’s four-year-history, the top two seeds played each other for the singles and doubles titles here before a record crowd.

Widely heralded as one of America’s brightest young tennis talents, 19-year-old American Scoville Jenkins, the top seed at Star Island Pro Tennis Classic, lived up to his billing and seeding Sunday, beating No. 2 seed Eric Nunez (USA), 7-6 (2), 6-3 to win the first USTA Futures tournament of his career.  The match lasted 1:47.

“I didn’t get broken on serve all day,” said an ecstatic Jenkins.  “My serve helped me out a ton today.  He was putting a lot of pressure on me.  And I think I was returning well.”

Jenkins’ road to the singles final was significantly tougher than his opponent’s.  The champion had to survive four tie-break sets during the week and a trio of three-set matches.  Nunez’s biggest test came in the quarterfinals, when he was pushed to 7-5 in a two-set win. 

Both players were warriors, grinding out long, baseline points.  Each possessed laser-like passing shots, so they only occasionally ventured to net to finish off points.  Jenkins displayed superior athleticism but Nunez showed more of a variety of backhand shot-making.

Nunez credited his opponent.

“He was hitting really well to my backhand.  It’s usually better than it was today.  It was coming up a little short and he was attacking me on that side,” Nunez said.  “I didn’t perform as well as I would’ve liked but it was a good week.  It was a good start for the year for me.”

Meanwhile, Americans Alex Kuznetsov/Scott Oudsema, seeded second, needed just 1:10 to eliminate No. 1 seeds Brian Wilson/Jeremy Wurtzman (USA), in the doubles final.

“We knew what we had to do,” said Oudsema.  “We had to take care of our serves and take our chances on Jeremy’s serve.  We got our confidence in the second set.”

Kuznetsov, playing in this fourth Star Island tournament, credits his partners with his doubles victories here.

“My partners help me a lot.  Misha (Zverev) has great volleys and Scott has an incredible serve.  I can return well so we play well together.  When we had break points today, we took advantage of them.”

Oudsema said:  “I like to focus on my serve and take the pressure off returning.  Once you start closing on the net the game gets easier.”

Wilson said:  “They hit a few good returns late that made the difference in the first set.  The second set was up and down but they served better than we did.  They played well.”






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