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Friday January 11, 2013Gators Wrap Up Successful Day One at Three Oaks Shootout

Fort Myers, Fla.

The Florida men’s tennis team had a successful first day at the Three Oaks Shootout in Fort Myers, Fla., at the Barbara Manzo Tennis Center at Three Oaks Park. The Gators won all three of their doubles matches and six of seven singles matches on the day.


"We had a good start to the season today and saw some areas where we can improve,” said head coach Bryan Shelton. “We were happy to see Steph out there competing for the Gators after sitting out for a year. The goal is to get better every single day. We are still working on identifying each player’s identity on the court and developing an awareness of how to play high percentage, aggressive tennis. We've got work to do, but I love this process.”


Florida had three doubles tandems on the courts, with all three picking up wins. Michael Alford and Florent Diep paired up to beat Bruno Abdelnour and Stephen Hoh of Illinois, 8-6, while Billy Federhofer and Gordon Watson also played an Illinois duo, taking down Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon, 8-7. Bob van Overbeek and Stephane Piro beat Illinois’ Farris Gosea and Alex Jesse, 8-5.


In singles action, the Gators continued to play well with six out of seven players earning victories. Diep beat N.C. State’s Austin Powell, 7-5, 6-4, and van Overbeek defeated the Wolfpack’s Dave Thomson, 6-3, 6-4. Federhofer and Watson each won in three sets, as Federhofer beat Thomas Weigel, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, and Watson took down Simon Norenius, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.


Piro, playing in his first tournament after sitting out a redshirt year, beat N.C. State’s Trey Carter in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5. Luke Johnson, a freshman from England, beat Rafael Paez, 6-2, 7-6. The lone loss for the Gators came when the Wolfpack’s Sean Weber defeated Alford in a tight 7-6, 7-6 decision.


The round-robin tournament will continue on Saturday, with more doubles play beginning at 10 a.m., followed by singles action. Results will be posted when available at the end of the day.



Three Oaks Shootout

Barbara Manzo Tennis Center at Three Oaks Park

18251 Three Oaks Parkway, Fort Myers, Fla.


Schedule of Play and Results

Friday, January 11


Michael Alford/Florent Diep (Florida) defeated Bruno Abdelnour/Stephen Hoh (ILL), 8-6

Billy Federhofer/Gordon Watson (Florida) defeated Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon (ILL), 8/7

Bob van Overbeek/Stephane Piro (Florida) defeated Farris Gosea/Alex Jesse (ILL), 8-5



Florent Diep (Florida) def Austin Powel (NC State) 7-5, 6-4

Julian Childers (ILL) def Trey Carter (NC State) 6-3, 6-4

Stephane Piro (Florida) def Robbie Mudge (NC State) 6-2, 7-5

Juan Spir (GT) def Tim Kopinski (ILL) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

Bob van Overbeek (Florida) def Dave Thomson (NC State) 6-3, 6-4

Julian Childers (ILL) def Colin Edwards (GT) 6-2, 6-1

Sean Weber (NC State) def Michael Alford (Florida) 7/6, 7/6

Alex Jesse (ILL) def Anish Sharma (GT) 6-2, 6-2

Bill Federhofer (Florida) def Thomas Weigel (NC State) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

Brian Page (ILL) def Garret Gordon (GT) 6-3, 6-2

Gordon Watson (Florida) def Simon Norenius (NC State) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Ross Guignon (ILL) def Nathan Rakitt (GT) 6-2, 6-3

Luke Johnson (Florida) def Rafael Paez (NC State) 6-2, 7-6

Juan Melian (GT) def Stephen Hoh (ILL) 6-2, 5-7, 6-3

Bruno Abdelnour (ILL) def Vikram Hundal (GT) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3

Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def Eduardo Segura (GT) 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4


Saturday, January 12

10 a.m. – Doubles play

11:30 a.m. – Singles play begins


Sunday, January 13

10 a.m. – Doubles play

11:30 a.m. – Singles play begins



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