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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): FSU, UNF Win Bedford Cup; Tornado Black Wins Pro Title

September 30, 2013 08:50 AM
FSU's Gonzalez Mendez Wins Tennis Bedford Cup; UNF in Doubles
From left: Cristian Gonzalez Mendez and Michael Rinaldi

Florida State University junior Cristian Gonzalez Mendez outlasted teammate and sophomore Michael Rinaldi 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(2) in the all-FSU singles final at the 3rd annual Bedford Cup, featuring the top collegiate men's and women's tennis players from all NCAA Division I tennis programs in the state of the Florida, held Sept. 26-29, 2013 on the campus of Florida State University.

"This weekend we've had really good records in the third sets," said FSU Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist. "I thought some of our best tennis came out when we were playing against each other. Cristian was able to win two matches in three sets this weekend."

Rinaldi led 5-2 in the third set until Gonzalez Mendez broke back and extended the match against his tiring opponent to a final-set tiebreak, eventually prevailing 7-2.

"It was a very tough match against my teammate," Gonzalez Mendez said. "There were a lot of ups and downs for both of us. I knew I had to fight hard just to get a chance to come back to win the match. It is an honor to win this prestigious event and to be the first Seminole to win the singles title. Michael had such a great tournament and played real hard today."

The win also broke an unbeaten streak for Rinaldi in 2013.

"This is Michael's his first match that he's lost this fall and is now 7-1," Hultquist said. "It's important that he's playing good every day and is stronger than he was last year."

The Bedford Cup is sponsored by the Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida, with additional funding provided by the Edward T. Bedford Foundation.

In the doubles final, the University of North Florida's Norbert Nemcsek/Jack Findel-Hawkins defeated the University of Central Florida's team of Innaki Espindola/Riaan Du Toit 8-1.

Past Singles/Doubles Champions:
2013 -- Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (FSU), Nemcsek/Findel-Hawkins (UNF)
2012 -- Gordon Watson (UF), Andres Bucaro/Benjamin Lock (FSU)
2011 -- Moritz Buerchner (UNF), Mitch Thams/Juan Bolona (UCF)

For more event information go to www.ytf-fl.org/YTF Mens Intercollegiate.html.

Tornado Alicia Black Wins Amelia Island USTA Pro Circuit Event

Black-Tornado-Alicia-2013High school sophomore Tornado Alicia Black of Boca Raton, Fla., followed up her US Open junior girl's runner-up effort earlier this month with the title on Sunday at the $10,000 Amelia Island Women's Tennis Championship, a USTA Pro Circuit event, defeating fellow American Alexander Mueller 4-6, 6-0, 6-0 in the final.

The unseeded Black came from a set down to defeat the No. 2-seeded Philadelphia resident Mueller, who at 6-foot-2 held the height advantage, and the experience advantage, winning 17 pro titles in singles and doubles since turning pro in 2003.

In the semifinals Mueller defeated University of Florida product Sofie Oyen of Belgium 6-3, 6-1, while Black topped another UF player, Alexandra Cercone 6-0, 6-4.

The 15-year-old Black entered the event with no WTA ranking, while Mueller was ranked No. 449. It was her first pro title.

Mueller won the doubles title with Brazil's Maria-Fernanda Alves as the top seeds, defeating the unseeded former collegiate Ellison sisters, Roxanne and Sierra, of California 7-5, 6-3. Alves repeated as the doubles champion from 2012.

Pavel & Blackwood Tennis Academy to Host USTA Pro Circuit in Captiva, Fla.

usta pro circuit logo-collageThe Pavel & Blackwood Tennis Academy will host a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Women's event, the South Seas Island Resort Women's Pro Classic, from Nov. 3-10, 2013, at the South Seas Island Resort in Captiva, Fla. 

The event will benefit three local philanthropic causes -- the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, Madisen's Match, and Partners for Breast Cancer Care, Inc.

With over 90 tournaments held annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players. More than 2,000 men and women from 70 countries around the world compete annually on the USTA Pro Circuit for nearly $3 million in prize money and valuable ranking points.

"We are thrilled to have been selected to host the South Seas Island Resort Women's Pro Classic," said Tournament Director Nick Blackwood. "The tournament will not only bring highly-competitive tennis to our area that will give the excitement and experience of the professional game up close, but it will also benefit our community and the three philanthropic causes we are supporting."

Activities will also include two Pro-Am fundraising events and a Gala Dinner and Silent Auction. The Pavel & Blackwood Tennis Academy was founded by Top 15 ATP tour player Andrei Pavel and junior development coach Nick Blackwood.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/www.ssirproclassic.com.





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