Saturday November 10, 2012Several Gators in Action in Final Events of the 2012 Fall Season
Members of the Florida menís tennis team are in action this weekend at two separate events that will wrap up the 2012 fall season for the Gators. Junior Florent Diep (Paris, France) is in Flushing, N.Y. competing in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, while four players are in Bradenton, Fla., playing in the Dick Vitale Clay Court Classis.
Diep lost in the first round of the main draw at the National Indoors, falling to Baylorís Julian Lenz, 6-2, 6-4. He bounced back with a win over Texasí Daniel Whitehead, 7-6 (6), 6-2, in the consolation draw on Friday. The complete draws and results from the National Indoor Championships can be found online through the ITA web site.
In Bradenton, all four Gators advanced to the Quarterfinals of the singles draw. Senior Billy Federhofer (North Miami) beat USFís Joao Souza in the opening round, 6-0, 6-2, before pulling out a three-set win over Minnesotaís Juan Pablo Ramirez, 3-6, 6-0, 7-6.
Junior Mike Alford (Tampa) and redshirt freshmen Thomas Proisy (Saint Nom La Breteche, France) and Gordon Watson (Naples) all had byes in the first round. Alford outlasted Minnesotaís Rueben Weber, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, and Proisy took down Furmanís Andrew Mellow, 6-3, 6-7, 6-1. Watson beat Princetonís Dan Richardson, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, to reach the Quarterfinals.
In doubles, Federhofer and Watson reached the semifinals with an 8-3 win over Miamiís Jack Murphy and Henrique Tsukamoto. Alford and Proisy beat FAUís Robert Dubuque and Matthew Sanberg, 9-7, but lost to Pepperdineís Kento Tanaka-Tamaki and Finn Tierney, 8-1, in the Quarterfinals.