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Friday January 17, 2014Gators Open With Mixed Results at Illini Open in Fort Myers

Fort Myers, FL

The Florida men’s tennis team saw mixed results on Friday at the Illini Open in Fort Myers. The Gators won all three doubles matches that they played, but went 3-3 in singles action on the day.


Elliott Orkin and Gordon Watson, ranked 13th nationally in doubles, continued their strong play from the fall season with a win on Friday. Stephane Piro and Mike Alford paired up for a win and Diego Hidalgo and Spencer Newman, both eligible for the spring after sitting out the fall, also won.


This weekend marks the first time that Florida will be playing under the new experimental format that is being used by the ITA. The changes include doubles matches being played to one set of six games (previously eight).


In singles, Newman and Watson picked up wins along with freshman Maxx Lipman. Florent Diep, Alford and Orkin all dropped their singles matches on Friday.


Action will continue on Saturday at 10 a.m. with more doubles play, followed by singles.


As results from the weekend are made available, they will be posted on



FROM THE COACH: Head Coach Bryan Shelton

“Our guys came out strong this morning and played doubles at a high level considering the new format and it being the first competitive doubles situation this spring. We just have to stay ready and focused with such a short set.”


“We definitely didn't play our best in singles, but that is why we are here this weekend. Our goal is to get better each day this weekend, so we'll be ready for UNF at our opener this coming Wednesday.”




2014 Illini Open

Three Oaks Tennis Club

Fort Myers, Florida


Teams Participating: Florida, Illinois, South Florida


Friday, January 17


Elliott Orkin/Gordon Watson (UF) def. Roberto Cid/Sasha Gozun (USF) 6-5 (8)

Stephane Piro/Mike Alford (UF) def. Ross Guignon/Brian Page (ILL) 6-3

Diego Hidalgo/Spencer Newman (UF) def. Everth Dzib/Federico Sabogal (USF) 6-3



Gordon Watson (UF) def. Federico Sabogal (USF) 6-2, 6-1

Maxx Lipman (UF) def. Blake Bazarnik (ILL) 6-3, 6-4

Spencer Newman (UF) def. Polarcyzk (USF) 6-3, 6-2

Sasha Gozun (ILL) def. Florent Diep (UF) 6-4, 6-5 (3)

Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Elliott Orkin (UF) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Mike Alford (UF) 6-2, 6-5 (4)

Farris Gosea (ILL) def. Diego Hidalgo (UF) 6-0, 6-2



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