April 21, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- After watching his teammates upset the No. 2-seeded doubles team at the USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger on Monday evening, junior Jean-Yves Aubone earned his first career Challenger victory on Tuesday with a straight sets win against Joao Souza of Brazil.
“This was my first win in a Challenger and [Souza] is a good player,” Aubone said. “I was just happy to come out and play the way I’ve been playing.”
The 2009 ACC Player of the Year defeated Souza, the 246th-ranked player in the world 7-5, 7-5. Aubone opened the match strong breaking Souza to go up 4-2. However Souza broke right back and the match stayed on serve until 5-5. It was then that Aubone earned his second break and this time he held serve to take the first set.
“It’s only you out here there is no team,” Aubone said. “These guys are another notch up in competition. They hit the ball harder and more consistent and they have big serves so your focus has to be there every single point.”
The second set was nearly identical with the All-American getting an early break and Souza breaking back. Again at 5-5 Aubone capitalized on a break opportunity and went on to serve out he match to advance to the second round and earn five ATP Tour points in the process.
“Tomorrow will be a match against another good player,” Aubone said. “I’m going to be ready, do my best and do what I can.”
Next up for Aubone will be a match with the No. 1 seed and defending tournament champion Bobby Reynolds or Ryan Sweeting on Wednesday. Aubone will also play doubles in the evening with partner Ryan Harrison. Senior Maciek Sykut and junior Vahid Mirzadeh will be back in action on Thursday as they square-off against Ryler DeHeart and Alex Kuznetsov. Match times will be announced later in the evening. For updates visit www.seminoles.com.