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Champion Porsche Turkey Bowl Results

December 4, 2007 09:44 AM

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November 29, 2007 Boca Raton, FL - The 22nd Annual Champion Porsche Turkey Bowl Tennis Championships came to an end on Sunday, Nov. 25  as the men's and women's winners were crowned at the Swim & Racquet Center in Boca Raton, FL.  Robin Roshardt, a 19 year old from Zurich, Switzerland took down his coach Ivo Heuberger in the final 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, and claimed the $2500 first place prize.

Heuberger, 31, is a former top 100 player who stopped competing on the ATP Tour 18 months ago and is currently coaching Roshardt part time. Roshardt was a quarter finalist at both the Junior French Open and Wimbledon in 2006, taking out Donald Young in the process. Roshardt's brilliant junior career also includes the 2005 Orange Bowl Championships.

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The match was played with great spirit, class and sportsmanship in front of a crowd of about 300 at the Swim and Racquet Center.  Both players cruised thru the draw over the five day event. Roshardt's first real test came against 22 year old Lorenzo Cava from Equador who is headed to Lynn University.

Roshardt swept the first set 6-1, but it was Cava who fought back taking the second set 6-3, and appeared headed to the final up 3 love in the third. That's when Roshardt turned the match around with laser like forehands finding the corners and stormed back to force a third set tiebreak and high drama. It was Roshardt in the end prevailing 7-4.

Heuberger has traveled the world, starting with challengers and satellite events in 1995 and rose thru the rankings all the way up to 102. He has played in all of the grand slams. He has played Agassi, he has played Roddick, Ivanisevic, Kafelnikov, Kuerten, and many of today's top players. He also beat a young country - man named Roger Federer in the qualifying of the US Open in 1999. 

Married and living in both Zurich and Miami Beach, Ivo Huberger's focus now is on his clothing line “HI,” his corporate appearances in Zurich and his charge, Robin Roshardt. Roshardt plans to play a full schedule of futures, challengers and hopefully the ATP Tour by the end of 2008.

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“Watching these two play, was entertaining as they both played pretty much the same game.  Rosahrdt just did it a little better today,” said Steve Sheer co-tournament director. The tennis was played in great spirit and sportsmanship. They both moved the ball round, used the whole court, mixed power with touch, it was great entertainment for the spectators and other players watching,” added Sheer.

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Again this year, top French National team members played well and gave us a glance into France's promising tennis future. Watch out for Gianni Mina who took out the number 8 Seeded Oliver Sajous in the round of 32. Romain Arneodo, Albano Olivetti, Yanne Re and Thomas Fabre were all very impressive and are all 16 and under.

There was also a great women's event as 2006 champ Irina Falconi, from Equador, repeated and took the $900 prize, with a hard fought victory over an impressive young 15 year old Russian named Valeria Solovieva. Blasting two handed backhands for two hard fought sets, Solovieva came up a little short on experience as Falconi won 6-3, 6-4.

Headed for the Eddie Herr championships next, Solovieva is one to watch for the next few years. Falconi, 17 has been playing futures and challengers and hopes to improve on her current ranking of 471 on the WTA computer, with a full schedule for 2008.

For the first time in the event's history there was a player from the country Turkey in the Turkey Bowl.  Idil “if you can say my last name you get a prize” Haciraifoglu is a 16 year old exchange student living in Plantation. Her guardian here in the states is getting a crash course in being a tennis parent and self proclaimed “chauffeur” taking the young Turk from school to tennis training at the Plantation City Park courts, “competing and beating the boys,” added her guardian.

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Once again the Turkey Bowl featured great local, national and international talent as over 30 countries were represented in the event. Look for next year's event to be even bigger and a first place prize of $2500 to the men's winner has been guaranteed already.

The “twin towers” - a doubles team from Stetson University – named Marcus Echtler from Sweden (6 foot 6) and Filip Kricka, originally from Germany (6 foot 7) took the title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over defending champs Thomas Hipp, also from Germany and his partner Milos Koprivica from Serbia.

In addition, over 50 players competed in the NTRP divisions. 

This year's event was sponsored by Champion Porsche, Vitamin water, Duffy's Sports Grill, the USTA Florida Section, Hirsch Metals, and benefited the Susan G. Komen Fight against Breast Cancer.

For Information on The Turkey Bowl, call Keith Dunlop (561) 702-5763. 

For all results, visit: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=57383

 

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