VERO BEACH, April 25, 2019 (Press Release)
James Van Deinse, Vero Beach High School’s tennis coach who runs the Vero Beach Tennis Club with his family, registered one of the biggest wins of his competitive tennis career Wednesday night holding on to defeat Brian Battistone 6-3, 7-5 to advance into the quarterfinals of the pre-qualifying tournament for the $25,000 Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships at The Boulevard tennis club.
Van Deinse served for the match three times against Battistone, finally closing out the win on his third attempt to defeat the former top 100 ATP ranked doubles player known for this double-handled racquet, volleyball-style jump serve and ambidexterous style. Van Deinse served for the match at 5-2 and 5-4 in the second set and came back from 0-40 down on his serve while serving for the match at 6-5, winning the last five points of the match.
Van Deinse will play Chris Rosensteel of East Windsor, N.J. at 12:30 pm Thursday at The Boulevard in the quarterfinals. Rosensteel upset No. 7 seed Quinn Snyder of Delran, N.J., 6-7 (7), 6-2, (10-6) to advance into the quarterfinals.
The other three quarterfinals are scheduled for 1 pm on Thursday with top-seed Magnus Johnson of Naples, Florida taking on No. 5 seed Jack Vance of Las Vegas, No. 2 seed Christian Vinck of Germany taking on No. 8 seed John Mullane of White Lake, Michigan and No. 6 seed Tommi Carnevale-Miino of Italy taking on Juan Mateus of Edmond, Okla. Admission is free for fans.
This event features 32 players who are competing for the right to earn one position into the qualifying rounds of this International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Tennis Tour event that is part of the U.S. Tennis Association’s Competitive Pathway. The qualifying tournament, which was reduced from a four-day 128-player event in previous years to a two-day 32-player event this year by the ITF, will be played Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30, prior to the start of the main draw of the tournament.
The top-seeded Johnson, 18, lost only one game in his first and second round matches played Wednesday. In the first round, he defeated Eric Oncins, the son of former Brazilian Davis Cup and Olympic team standout Jaime Oncins, by a 6-1, 6-0 margin. Oncins was inserted into the draw earlier that morning as an alternate after Vero Beach High School standout Emilio van Cotthem withdrew with tendinitis in his right wrist.
“I didn’t know his father was a former top-40 player,” said Johnson upon learning that his first-round opponent was the son of a former Olympic quarterfinalist. “I heard him speaking with one of the spectators before the match but didn’t realize that. That’s pretty cool.”
Johnson said he was sick the previous night and was not pleased with his performance, despite only giving up one game in two matches. “I haven’t been feeling the greatest on the court today,” he said. “I just tried to do the best I could and hope to get another match and keep building on that.”
The second-seeded Vinck gave up only five games in two matches Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals. The 43-year-old Germany was once ranked No. 101 in the world and reached the third round at Wimbledon in 2000, but still feeds his competitive nature by competing in this tournament every year while on vacation from his job as a management consultant. He is perhaps best known in the history of tennis as the player who defeated Andre Agassi in the final of the 1997 USTA Challenger in Agassi’s hometown of Las Vegas during Agassi’s comeback from his ranking dropping to No. 141 in the world.
Mullane, a former All-American for Michigan State University, has played one main draw win at a “Futures” event under his belt and he is seeking a chance to fight for another one here at Vero Beach. He lost only two games in two matches Wednesday, delivering a double bagel versus Peyton Hickman of Bay Minette, Alabama in the first round, followed by a 6-2, 6-0 win over Bruno Nunes of Montverde, Florida.
Jack Vance, best known in Vero Beach for reaching the singles final of the Mardy Fish main draw wild card tournament at the Sea Oaks Club in 2018, won his first two matches Wednesday in straight sets, while Carnevale-Miino defeated John McEnroe Academy student Lazar Markovic 6-2, 6-3 in the first round and Bernardo Costa of Montverde, Florida 6-1, 6-0 in the second round. In the match of the day, Juan Mateus of Edmond, Oklahoma saved a match point in his upset of No. 4 seed Kyle Johnson, a member of El Salvador’s Davis Cup team, 1-6, 7-6 (5), (13-11) to reach the quarterfinals.
Play in the main draw doubles wild card event will also start Thursday with matches starting at 3 pm. Schedule and draw and results can be found on the UTR website here: https://www.myutr.com/events/3744?t=2