ITF World Tennis Tour – Round-Up CW05

MUNICH, February 6, 2020 (by Dietmar Kaspar)

M15 Antalya TUR – Top seed Zsombor Piros wins

Zsombor Piros triumphed at the Megasaray Tennis Cup Series 2, hosted by Club Megasaray in Belek, to celebrate his second career title on the ITF World Tennis Tour following his maiden triumph on home soil in 2018.

The top seeded Hungarian, who was ranked World No. 3 as a junior, stopped the run of Davide Galoppini from Italy in the semi-finals in two sets.

Two-time season champion and No. 2 seed Carlos Alcaraz made the last step to the final by defeating Bulgarian No. 4 seed Alexander Lazarov in straight sets.

In the title match, Budapest native Piros finished the winning streak of 14 matches from 16-year-old Alcaraz. Twenty-year-old Piros won seven points more than the Spanish teenager to secure a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory in two hours and 29 minutes.

M15 Veigy-Foncenex FRA – Favourite Christopher Heyman claims victory

The David Lloyd International Open, held at David Lloyd Geneva in Veigy-Foncenex, concluded with the championship of Christopher Heyman.

The top seeded Belgian took the last step to the final by beating French No. 4 seed Matteo Martineau in straight sets.

Alexis Gautier benefited from the retirement of Quentin Robert in the all-French semi-final clash at the score of 6-2, 3-1.

Winning 84 per cent of his first-service points, 26-year-old Heyman prevailed 6-1, 6-3 in 53 minutes. The Eupen-born celebrated his 17th career title on the ITF World Tennis Tour.

M15 Weston USA – Gianluigi Quinzi prevails in Florida

Twenty-four-year-old Gianluigi Quinzi from Italy took the title of the Midtown Weston Men’s 25K tournament, held at Midtown Athletic Club in Florida for the 10th time.

The former No. 1 in the ITF Juniors’ ranking battled through the bottom half of the draw, defeating last week’s Cancun champion Manuel Pena Lopez from Argentina in straight sets.

Rio de Janeiro-born Christian Lindell, who is representing Sweden, eased past US-American wildcard entry Emilio Nava in the stage of the last four in two sets. Eighteen year-old Nava was ranked No. 5 in ITF Juniors last season.

Left-handed Quinzi made one point less in the championship match than his No. 3 seeded rival, but secured a 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 win after two hours and 32 minutes. The No. 5 seed, born in Cittadella, lifted his 12th singles trophy on the ITF World Tennis Tour in addition to his two ATP Challenger titles won in 2018.

M25 Nonthaburi THA – Matija Pecotic with great start into the season

Following his five titles on the ITF World Tennis Tour last season, left-handed Matija Pecotic captured the trophy of the M25 Nonthaburi tournament, held at the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand, with his first appearance on the Pro Circuit in 2020.

The 30-year-old Serb battled past former World No. 72 Adam Pavlasek from the Czech Republic, who was ranked No. 7 as a junior, in the semi-finals in two sets.

No. 7 seeded Khumoyun Sultanov from Uzbekistan booked the spot in the final with a straight-sets win versus Karim-Mohamed Maamoun from Egypt.

Unseeded Pecotic won 80 per cent of his first-service points in the title match to seal a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 victory in one hour and 38 minutes. The Belgrad native, who played college tennis in Princeton and is currently coaching at Harvard, celebrated his 10th career title on the ITF World Tennis Tour.

M15 Cancun MEX – Strong Kirchheimer earns his maiden title

The M15 Cancun tournament, held at Cancun Tennis Academy, concluded with the victory of Strong Kirchheimer.

In the all-US American semi-final, the No. 4 seed edged past wildcard entry Chad Kissel in straight sets.

Dusty H. Boyer emerged victorious from the battle of the unseeded players, beating Vasil Kirkov in three sets.

Twenty-four-year-old Kirchheimer gained four breaks in the championship match and lost two service games to get the final win by the score of 6-4, 6-4 after one hour and 35 minutes. The Illinois-born lifted his first singles trophy on the ITF World Tennis Tour.

M15 Monastir TUN – Sebastian Baez captures his first hard-court title 

Nineteen-year-old Sebastian Baez from Argentina is the champion of the Magic Tours tournament, which was held at Magic Hotel Skanes Family in Monastir.

The former Junior’s World No. 1 rallied past Serbian No. 3 seed Marco Tepavac in the stage of the last four in three sets.

Belgian junior entry Gauthier Onclin, who was ranked No. 8 in ITF Juniors last season, advanced to the final with a three-set win against Luke Johnson from Great Britain.

Outpointing his 18-year-old rival in the championship match 53-28, Buenos Aires-born Baez prevailed 6-1, 6-2 in 49 minutes. Following his four titles on clay in 2019, the top seed lifted his fifth career trophy on the ITF World Tennis Tour.

M15 Cairo EGY – Juan Pablo Paz ends title drought

Juan Pablo Paz clinched the trophy of the M15 Cairo tournament, hosted by the Al-Solaimaneyah Tennis Center, to celebrate his first title on the Pro Tour since his last championship in 2016.

The 25-year-old Argentine battled through the bottom half of the draw, beating Russian No. 7 seed Alexander Shevchenko in straight sets.

No. 3 seeded Evgenii Tiurnev from Russia knocked off the tournament’s top favourite Jules Okala from France in the semi-finals in two sets.

Unseeded Paz dropped one service game in the title match and converted three of his six break-point chances to claim a 6-3, 7-6 win after one hour and 42 minutes. The Quilmes native lifted his sixth singles trophy on the ITF World Tennis Tour.