Nov. 8, 2013
Four members of the Minnesota men's tennis team completed their first day of play at the 2013 Dick Vitale Lakewood Ranch Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic in Sarasota, Fla. Friday. The Gophers went 2-1 in doubles and 2-5 in singles.
Jack Hamburg and Mathieu Froment continued an impressive fall run in doubles while Minnesota's other doubles tandem of Leandro Toledo and Franz Sydow lost in the first round, but saw each member earn one singles win.
Hamburg and Froment extended a four-match winning streak to begin the day with an 8-7 win over North Florida's Zachary Goldberg and Pablo Tellez and ran the streak to six with a convincing 8-1 triumph against Johnny Grimal and Jarryd Woog of Memphis. The duo, seeded second to begin the tournament is now in the semifinal round and is 10-1 on the fall.
No. 55 ranked and fourth-seeded Luca Corinteli and Harrison Richmond of defending national champion Virginia eliminated Toledo and Sydow, 8-4, in the first round.
Neither Hamburg nor Froment was able to advance past the Round of 32 in singles as Froment dropped a two-set match to North Florida's Yannick Zuern and Hamburg fell 7-5, 6-4 to 111th-ranked Jason Tahir of Duke, but Sydow and Toledo both moved on.
Sydow grinded out his second career victory in three sets, topping Christopher Ellis of Bates while No. 53-ranked and fourth-seeded Toledo downed Cedric De Zutter of Memphis in straight sets. Both players lost in the Round of 16, however.
Froment, who advanced via opponent withdrawal and a second-round bye, remains alive in the singles consolation draw. Hamburg was beaten by Florida Gulf Coast's Gabriel Echeverry in his second match of the day.
The Gophers will pick up play at the tournament Saturday and their fall season will come to a close on Sunday, the final day of play in Florida. Following the weekend, Minnesota will have two months off before kicking off its spring season at Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. Jan. 19.
Singles Round of 32
No. 53 Leandro Toledo def. Cedric De Zutter (MEM) 6-1, 6-4
No. 111 Jason Tahir (DUKE) def. Jack Hamburg (MINN) 7-5, 6-4
Franz Sydow (MINN) def. Christopher Ellis (BATES) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
Yannick Zuern (UNF) def. Matthieu Froment (MINN) 6-0, 7-5
Gabriel Echeverry (FGCU) def. Jack Hamburg (MINN) 6-7, 6-4, 1-0 (7)
Doubles Round of 16
No. 55 Luca Corinteli/Harrison Richmond (UVA) def. Leandro Toledo/Franz Sydow (MINN) 8-4
Jack Hamburg/Mathieu Froment (MINN) def. Zachary Goldberg/Pablo Tellez (UNF) 8-7
Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg (MINN) def. Johnny Grimal/Jarryd Woog (MEM) 8-1
Gophers Finish Tulsa Stay in Saturday Session
Matic Spec picked up another consolation draw victory but saw his bid end in the quarterfinals of the tournament.
Spec Rebounds in Consolation Opener
Matic Spec bounced back with a first round victory in the consolation bracket at the ITA Men's All-American Championships.
Spec Falls in First Outing in Tulsa
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