April 16, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Former Florida State standouts Vahid Mirzadeh and Maciek Sykut have been playing on the on ATP Challenger and Futures Tours this season. Sykut won his second title this past week while Mirzadeh won his first Futures doubles title of the year.
Maciek Sykut recently won his second career ATP Doubles Challenger Title the beginning of April at the Barranquilla Challenger. After the tournament, he received a doubles ranking of No. 167, a career high. Playing on clay courts, the Marathon, Fla., native teamed up with Nicholas Monroe, a former UNC Tar Heel.
“I am obviously very happy with winning my second ATP Challenger title,” said Sykut. “I have to thank my partner, Nicholas Monroe, who took the chance of traveling to South America to team up with me for the event. This was our first time competing together and you can definitely say it was a success. I am also thrilled about my move in the rankings, as I’m inching my way toward my goal of entering a Grand Slam event. Thanks for the support, and Go Noles!”
In the round of 16, the first time teammates took down Robert Farah and Alejandro Gonzalez of Columbia 7-5, 6-2. In the quarterfinals, the duo won the match in three sets, 6-2, 6-7 (6), 10-6, against Facundo Bagnis of Argentina and Ariel Behair of Uruguay. The semifinals match also went three sets with a 6-1, 5-7, 10-8 win against Spain’s Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo and Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos. In the finals, Sykut and Monroe came from behind to beat Marcel Felder of Uruguay and Frank Moser of Germany 2-6, 6-3, 10-5.
Vahid Mirzadeh has had a successful year as well reaching the finals of three Futures events. On Friday, April 13, the Wellington, Fla., native teamed up with former Texas Longhorn Ed Corrie to win his first Futures title of the year at the Oklahoma City Open, part of the ITF Pro Circuits.
“I’m very excited to have won my first title of the year with my partner Ed Corrie,” said Mirzadeh. “This was my first time ever playing with him. I felt we really meshed and played well together throughout each match during the week.”
Mirzadeh is currently No. 710 in the world. Entering the tournament as a two seed, the duo defeated Peter Aarts and Jason Jung of the USA 6-4, 7-5. In the quarterfinals, they defeated the USA’s Gregory Ouellette and Ryan Rowe 2-6, 6-3, 10-7. In the semifinals, the duo took down Dean O’Brien of South Africa Pedro Zerbini of Brazil 6-4, 6-1. In the finals, the duo faced No. 2139 Harrison Adams of the USA and Shane Vinsant, also of the USA. They only dropped one game to win 6-1, 6-0.
Mirzadeh and Sykut could both be playing at the Sarasota Challenger this week and the Savannah Challenger the following week.