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Pfaender Awarded by Wilson; Del Potro Wins ATP Delray Beach

BobPfaenderVOM.jpgFlorida's Pfaender Presented Jack Kramer Award from Wilson Sporting Goods

Wilson Sporting Goods in February 2011 presented the Jack Kramer Award to Wilson Florida Regional Sales Representative Bob Pfaender for his role in sales growth and distribution, while also positively representing the company in the Florida tennis community.

"When I think of Bob I think of the complete package," said USTA Florida Executive Director Doug Booth of Pfaender, who is a member of the USTA Florida Board of Directors. "Not only does he work hard for Wilson, he works even harder to grow tennis through his tireless efforts as a volunteer in Florida who truly loves our sport."

Pfaender in 2010 grew his sales index by 123%, and raised performance racquets, footwear, accessories and apparel over 100%.

"The game of tennis is in good hands in the state of Florida," said Wilson National Sales Manager Jeffery Adams. "Bob is a passionate volunteer who has contributed enormously to the game of tennis everywhere he has been. With his vast knowledge and experience in the region, Bob has been able to expand distribution of our products in key tennis areas."

Juan Martin del Potro (photo: John Moreno/USTA Florida)
Del Potro Stamps Comeback with ATP Delray Beach Title

Argentine Juan Martin del Potro announced his return to top tier tennis on Sunday by claiming the title at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, defeating Serb Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-4 for his first title since the 2009 US Open.

The 22-year-old, who had wrist surgery last May, beat Floridian Mardy Fish in a straight-set semifinals match before rolling to the title after overcoming a 1-4 first-set deficit.

"Janko had the control in the first set, but I was focused on my serve because it was only a break," del Potro said. "If I get a break soon, maybe I can come back to fight that set, and that's what happened. I served very bad at 5-4, he had the opportunity to break my serve, but I improved a little bit my game, my forehand started to work. That helped me to close the set."

Tipsarevic fell to 0-3 in career finals.

"I think the key was one of 11 break points and my first serve percentage was just horrible," Tipsarevic said. "All the factors were going my way today to win. He was playing every single match late at night with no wind, so he was not adapted to the weather. You could see that in the middle of the first set that he picked up, but it was a tough match. We played almost two hours, two sets, but I really didn't use my chances."

Del Potro improved to an 8-3 record in ATP career finals, and a 4-0 mark in finals on U.S. soil.

"Today was my first match in the afternoon for a month. I was playing for two weeks those tournaments, then four matches here at night, then today was my first match in the afternoon," he said. "It was very hot and of course I felt it, but in the final, you have to think how can you win. Even if you play bad or not, you have to win the final."

Total attendance for the event was 63,251, a new record, and Saturday night attendance (4,285) and Saturday combined sessions (8,209) were also tournament records.

U of Miami.jpgMiami Upsets Florida State 4-3 in Men's Tennis

The No. 39-ranked University of Miami men's tennis team upset the No. 28 Florida State University men's team 4-3 over the weekend at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center in Tallahassee.

The Hurricanes (5-3, 1-0 ACC) sent the Seminoles (5-5, 0-1 ACC) into a four-game skid, all against ranked opponents.

"We did a great job today after losing the doubles point, starting 0-1 down, playing an away match against our biggest rivals FSU, and winning," senior Keith Crowley said.  "That's a huge road win for us, and I'm pumped to start this season off as strong as we have."

Florida State looks to rebound to end their losing streak.

"I thought we were in pretty good shape during the match in the first sets," said Florida State head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "At one point we were up in three matches in the first sets but Miami won the crucial points. They won the tiebreaker at court three and held off some set points at court six. They just came up better in the big points better than we did."

No. 39 Miami d. No. 28 Florida State 4-3

1) No. 13 Smith/Mirzadeh (FSU) def. Ast/Crowley (UM) 8-2
2) Blocker/Sundberg (UM) def. Bucaro/Reed (FSU) 8-5
3) Bowles/Kelly-Houston (FSU) def. Pavia/Chin (UT) 8-7(5)
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3*

1) No. 26 Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) def. Waylon Chin (UM) 7-5, 6-3
2) No. 62 Clint Bowles (FSU) def. Christian Blocker (UM) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
3) Keith Crowley (UM) def. Connor Smith (FSU) 7-6(5), 6-0
4) Carl Sundberg (UM) def. Jordan Kelly-Houston (FSU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
5) Eduardo Pavia (UM) def. Andres Bucaro (FSU) 6-4, 6-4
6) Gabriel Flores (UM) def. Anderson Reed (FSU) 7-5, 6-3
Order of finish: 3, 5, 1, 6, 2, 4






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