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World No. 1 Vergeer at Florida Open Wheelchair Tennis; UWF Upsets No. 2 Barry

March 20, 2012 09:22 AM
World No. 1 Vergeer at Florida Open Wheelchair Tennis Chps.
ether vergeerDefending champions Esther Vergeer and Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands head a strong field for the 22nd annual Florida Open International Wheelchair Tennis Championships, which will be played at the Patch Reef Park Tennis Center in Boca Raton, Fla., on April 4-8, 2012.

The event has drawn most of the top-ranked players in the world as they prepare for the Paralympics in London this year.

The 30-year-old Vergeer is an eight-time Florida Open champion. When she won the Australian Open in January she extended her singles winning streak to 444 matches. The Women's Open draw will include the Top 15-ranked players in the world. The Men's Open draw features 12 of the 15 top-ranked players including past Florida Open champions Ronald Vink of the Netherlands (2010), Stephane Houdet of France (2009), Michael Jeremiasz of France (2005) and Robin Ammerlaan of the Netherlands (2003 and 2004).

In the quadriplegic category, No. 1-ranked and defending champion Peter Norfolk of Great Britain will be seeking his seventh Florida Open Quad title. Americans David Wagner of San Diego and Nick Taylor of Wichita, Kan., are also looking for a seventh Florida Open Quad doubles crown as they defend their championship.

Play begins each day at 8 a.m. Parking is free and there is no admission charge. The event, which is one of five Super Series tournaments on the wheelchair tennis circuit, is also the USTA National Hardcourt Wheelchair Championships. It is conducted by the National Wheelchair Sports Fund. A total of 142 players from 24 countries are competing.

South Florida players participating include Steve Barber, Matt Bellen, Stuart Contant and John Becker of Boca Raton, Pani Herath, Herman Sanchez and Matt McManus of Miami, Kenny Hernandez and Fernando Dibujes of Hialeah, Bruce Karr of Boynton Beach, David Gant of Riviera Beach, Jose Gomez of Royal Palm Beach, David Harrison of Fort Lauderdale, Jan Proctor of Delray Beach, Steve Richardson of Hypoluxo, and Noah Yablong of Ocean Ridge.

Florida College Tennis Upset: No. 7 UWF Upends No. 2 Barry

UWF logoIn a South Region battle on Monday, the No. 7 University of West Florida men's tennis team (10-2) upset No. 2-ranked Barry (12-2) 5-4 in Miami Shores, snapping Barry's 10-match winning streak.

In singles play, Argonaut Kevin Ducros defeated Marco Mokrzycki, who is the No. 8 singles player in the country.
Barry needed tiebreakers to win two of the three doubles matches. At the No. 2 position, Marco Mokrzycki and Leo Vivas defeated the West Florida doubles tandem of Andrey Pozhidaev (Sochi, Russia) and Leandro Ferreira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) 9-8(2). Ollie Lemaitre and Daniel Schmidt defeated Argonauts Mike Lue (Richmond Hill, Ontario) and Domenico Sano (Macaray, Venezuela), 9-8(4) at the No. 3 line. UWF's lone victory in doubles came at the No. 1 spot, where Bruno Savi (Santana do Livramento, Brazil) and Kevin Ducros (Aix-en-Provence, France) recorded an 8-5 victory over Francisco Sigaud and Romain Costamagna.
Four of the singles matches went into three sets as UWF tallied victories at four of the six singles positions.

Ducros upset No. 8-ranked Mokrzycki in three sets 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-4, at the No. 1 line. No. 10-ranked Savi recorded a straight set 6-2, 6-2, victory over Fabian Groetsch at No. 2 singles. Pozhidaev, who is currently ranked No. 19 nationally in singles, defeated Costamagna 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, at No. 3 singles. West Florida freshman Elio Latela (Sydney, Australia) also needed three sets as he defeated Vivas 6-2, 6-7(1), 6-4, at No. 5 singles. Barry took victories at No. 4 and 6. At No. 4, Schimdt defeated Ferreira 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Ferreira is currently ranked No. 16 in singles nationally. Lemaitre defeated UWF senior Sean Gunnels (Mobile, Ala.) 6-2, 6-3, at No. 6.






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