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Florida Jr. Tennis Profile: Alex Domijan

December 27, 2012 12:05 PM
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Alex Domijan (photo credit: Colleen Lewis)
By Collette Lewis, zootennis.com
 
Although he was born in Gainesville and raised in Wesley Chapel, Alex Domijan has a special place in his heart for Tulsa, Ok.
 
During his outstanding junior career, Domijan won the prestigious Pan American Closed ITF Grade B1 Championships in 2008 at the University of Tulsa’s Michael D. Case Tennis Center. He returned there two years later as a freshman at the University of Virginia, capturing the ITA All-American title, one of the three individual collegiate majors.
 
Injured and unable to defend his All-American title in 2011, Domijan reclaimed it in October, defeating unseeded Peter Kobelt of Ohio State 7-5, 6-1 in the championship match.
 
The number 6 seed, Domijan was the only seed in the semifinals, but he had his hands full there, needing a third set tiebreaker to prevail over Matija Pecotic of Princeton. In the final, the Cavalier junior used his experience to overcome Kobelt, who was playing in his first major final.
 
"I think that helps," Domijan said of his experience in major finals. "Before this, I've won two finals on this court, so I think that helped me. I don't know if he was a little nervous in his first big final. I don't know his past, but I would imagine so, so maybe that had something to do with it."
 
The 6-foot-7-inch right-hander also reached the semifinals in doubles at the All-American Championships, after he and freshman teammate Harrison Richmond earned their way into the 32-team field through the qualifying tournament.
 
After a semifinal appearance in the fall season’s second individual collegiate major of the year, the USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in New York, Domijan and his teammates are now preparing for the 2013 dual match season, which culminates in the NCAA Championships in May at the University of Illinois. The Cavaliers have reached the NCAA team championship final in Domijan’s first two years on the team, falling to the University of Southern California both times.
 
 
 
 

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