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Thursday October 24, 2013Three Gators Advance on Day One of USTA Clay Court Invitational

Orlando, FL

A trio of seniors each won their opening round matches on Thursday at the 2013 USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational in Orlando at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mike Alford (Tampa, Fla.), Florent Diep (Paris, France) and Stephane Piro (Marseille, France) each won in straight sets to advance.


Piro, seeded second overall in the event, beat UCF’s Kiku Aulina in the opening round and will face USTA junior player Kalman Boyd on Friday in the Round of 32. No. 4 seed Diep took down UNF’s Caio Gomez with a 6-3, 6-3 victory and will play Georgia Tech’s Carlos Benito in the next round.


Alford, seeded 9-16, beat USTA player Catalin Mateas on Thursday and will take on Florida State’s Cristian Gonzalez-Mendez on Friday. Florida’s Richard Brej also competed on Thursday, losing to 9-16 seed Brandon Fickey from Tennessee. Brej will play Shayann Vaezzadeh from South Alabama in the consolation bracket on Friday.


In the doubles draw, Alford and Piro are paired up as a 5-8 seed and beat UCF’s Inaki Espindola and Jose Sangronniz 8-2 in the Round of 32 on Thursday. They will play FSU’s Benjamin Lock and Joao Gauer on Friday.







“I felt like it was a positive day for the guys today. They are getting better at showing up everyday and competing for the Gators. Tomorrow is another chance for us to get better and the guys seem very eager to win here.”

UF Assistant Coach Mark Merklein




USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex * Orlando, Fla.

Thursday, October 24, 2013


Singles (Round of 64)

#2 Stephane Piro (UF) def. Kiku Aulina (UCF) 7-5, 6-0

#4 Florent Diep (UF) def. Caio Gomez (UNF) 6-3, 6-3

#9-16 Mike Alford (UF) def. Catalin Mateas (USTA) 6-1, 7-5

#9-16 Brandon Fickey (UT) def. Richard Brej (UF) 6-0, 6-1


Doubles (Round of 32)

#5-8 Alford/Piro (UF) def. Sangronniz/Espindola (UCF) 8-2




Event: USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational

What: 64-player singles draw; 32-team doubles event

When: Oct. 24-27

Where: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

Coverage: Sunday’s matches will air live on ESPN3




Thursday: (Disney)

Round of 64 MD Singles (Men)

Round of 32 MD Doubles (Men)


Friday: (Disney)

Round of 32 MD Singles (Men)

Round of 32 CON Singles (Men)

Round of 16 MD Singles (Men)

Round of 16 MD Doubles (Men)

Round of 16 CON Doubles (MEN)


Saturday: (Disney)

Quarterfinals MD Singles (Men)

16 matches CON Singles (Men)

Quarterfinals MD Doubles (Men)

Semifinals MD Doubles (Men)


Sunday: (Disney)

Semifinals MD Singles (Men)

Finals MD Singles (Men)

Finals MD Doubles (Men)

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