June 14, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis has seperated for the summer but that does not mean the team is not getting ready for next season. Rising sophomores Dominic Cotrone (Bradenton, Fla.) and Benjamin Lock (Harare, Zimbabwe) have both won tournaments while former Nole Vahid Mirzadeh won his second doubles title of the year.
Cotrone won the singles Boys 18 USTA Florida “Bobby Curtis” State Tennis Championships today, June 14. During his run he upset four seeded players. He started the tournament with a 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3 win over the No. 14 seed in round of 64. It would be his only three set match of the week. He defeated the No. 2 seed 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the round of 16. In the semifinals he took down the No. 16 seed 7-5, 6-4 then upset the No. 15 seed 6-2, 6-4 for the title.
“I’m excited about the win because this is a very prestigious tournament,” said Cotrone. “I wanted to take home the title. I got more and more comfortable on the courts with each match. The tournament is filled with the best players in Florida so I knew it would not be easy. I came out confident in the finals and knew I could get it done.”
While Cotrone was playing close to home, Lock has been playing in Zimbabwe and Turkey this summer. Lock took home the Mutare Clay Court Open Championships in Zimbabwe in May. He is playing in the F24 Turkey Futures beginning June 18 in Izmir. In July he will play in the Davis Cup Euro/Africa Zone Group III tournament in Tunisia.
Although not originally planning to play in Mutare he is glad the decision paid off.
“It was a last minute decision,” said Lock. “I really was glad that I played. There was tough competition and I played some of my best tennis of the year so far. It was also nice to compete in front of my home country again. I used this tournament at a warm-up for the Futures on clay in Turkey.”
Former All-American Vahid Mirzadeh won his second doubles title this year. Entering as the No. 4 seed, he and partner Phillip Simmonds of the USA won the $15,000 Tennis Town Pro Tennis at Park Terrace Tournament in Sacramento, Calif. In the semifinals the duo topped the No. 2 seeded team of Devin Britton (USA) and Jordan Cox (USA) 6-4, 6-3 and then took down Nicolas Meister (USA) and Pedro Zerbini (BRA) 6-4, 3-6, (11-9) for the title.
“It feels great winning my second 15k title of the year,” said Mirzadeh. “It was nice to play some good tennis out here in California with my longtime juniors’ doubles partner. We got through some very tough teams this week so I’m happy about that.”
Check back for more updates this summer on the Florida State men’s tennis team.