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Saturday January 11, 2014Alford and Hidalgo Advance to Second Round at USTA Futures in Sunrise

Sunrise, FL

Mike Alford and Diego Hidalgo both won their first round matches on Saturday at the USTA Futures event in Sunrise, Fla. They will join teammate Spencer Newman, who won on Friday, in Sunday’s second round action. Freshmen Maxx Lipman and Elliott Orkin both dropped their first round matches Saturday.


“We played against some really good competition today,” said head coach Bryan Shelton. “It was nice to see Diego and Mike each get wins today. Our two freshmen learned some valuable lessons in defeat. I am looking forward to some really good matches tomorrow.”


Alford won in straight sets against Brazilian Antony Mendes and will face American Kyle Seelig in the next round. Hidalgo, in his first match with the Gators, dropped just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 win against Dominican Adriel Azucey. He will face Francis Tiafoe on Sunday.


Newman, who won without dropping a game on Friday, will play Hugo Di Feo on Sunday.


After dropping the first set in his match, Lipman battled back and won the second but couldn’t pull out the third. Orkin lost to Kaichi Uchida from Japan in straight sets.


Results for the Gator players will be posted on when available at the conclusion of the day’s play.



USTA Futures (Sunrise, Fla.)

Sunrise Tennis Club


Singles Qualifying Draw

Friday, January 10 (1st Round)

Spencer Newman (UF/USA) def. Ethan Ammon (TRI) 6-0, 6-0

Carter Lin (USA) def. Florent Diep (UF/FRA) 6-4, 6-4


Saturday, January 11 (1st Round)

Diego Hidalgo (UF/ECU) def. Adriel Azucey (DOM) 6-1, 6-0

Kaichi Uchida (JPN) def. Elliott Orkin (UF/USA) 6-2, 6-2

Jaume Pla Malfeito (ESP) def. Maxx Lipman (UF/USA) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3

Mike Alford (UF/USA) def. Antony Mendes (BRA) 6-2, 6-2


Sunday, January 12 (2nd Round)

Spencer Newman (UF/USA) vs. Hugo Di Feo (CAN)

Diego Hidalgo (UF/ECU) vs. Francis Tiafoe (USA)

Mike Alford (UF/USA) vs. Kyle Seelig (USA)

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