July 24, 2006
Godfrey, Ill. – Florida State’s rising men are representing the United States and Taiwan during the 2006 USTA Pro Circuit Competitions this summer.
Rising junior Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan/ Delray Beach American Heritage) finished in the semifinals of singles action at the Millennium Tennis Club $10,000 Men’s Futures in Joplin, Missouri on Monday, July 17, 2006 while rising sophomore Maciek Sykut (Marathon, Fla./ Marathon HS) defeated ACC Tennis Player of the Year Luigi D’Agord today to qualify for the 2006 USTA Men’s Futures Tennis Tournament at the Lewis and Clark Community Center in Godfrey, Ill.
Chang fell to six seed, and champion, Shannon Nettle 5-7, 3-6 in the semifinals. The sports management major opened the competition against Michael Shabaz winning 6-4, 6-4. He then beat five seed Stephen Mitchell in the second round 3-6, 6-0, 6-1. He advanced to the quarterfinals against three seed Piero Luisi defeating him in two sets 6-2, 6-4 to face Nettle. Unranked Chang defeated No. 471 Luisi and No. 547 Mitchell during the tournament.
“Last week was a remarkable week for Sam,” said head coach Dwayne Hulquist. “Winning several matches in high heat and humidity while defeating several high world ranked players, including top 400 and 500 players.”
Sykut began the qualifying draw in the second round facing Nicolas Edlefsen winning 6-3, 6-3. He defeated Evan Dufaux 6-3, 6-2 in the third round advancing to face D’Agord in the finals and won an exciting match 7-5, 6-2.
“It feels good to play in the tournaments during the summer,” said Sykut. “It was the first time I qualified in a professional event. I am excited about getting in and getting the opportunity to play.”
Chang and Sykut continue play this week at the 2006 USTA Men’s Futures Tennis Tournament hosted by Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Ill.