Rising sophomore Aziz Dougaz and Benjamin Lock (’16) played the first two professional tournaments of the summer in the ITF Futures in Maputo, Mozambique, last week. Lock won the second doubles title of his career, beating John Lamble and Bernardo Saraiva, 6-4, 6-3 while playing with his young brother Courtney, a junior at UNLV.
Last summer, Lock won the singles title in Mozambique and now has three career professional titles. The win was the 60th in the past six seasons for current or former Seminoles.
Dougaz reached the quarterfinals in singles action in each of the two tournaments in Maputo. With his four combined wins, Dougaz, from La Marsa, Tunisia, now ranks 841 in the ATP standings.
Lock, Nunez named to ACC Academic Team
Lock and Marco Nunez were named to the All-ACC Academic Team, the conference announced last week. It was the first such honor for both players.
Lock finished his senior season with a 3.9 GPA in his final year while ranking in the Top 20 for much of the year. He beat 16 ranked players en route to a 25-14 record while being named the school’s third singles ITA All-American. He graduated in April with his finance degree.
Nunez finished 2016 with an 18-16 record while leading the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament for a 14th-consecutive season. In April, the ACC named Nunez a recipient of a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship, given to three student-athletes at each member institution. Nunez will remain in Tallahassee through the fall to finish his finance degree before pursuing graduate school.
Whitehurst Wins U.S. Open Regional Qualifying
Sophomore Terrance Whitehurst won the US Open Sectional Qualifying earlier this month at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center in Tallahassee. Whitehurst dropped only one set during the tournament, in the quarterfinals against fellow Seminole Jake Albo.
Whitehurst now moves on to the Open National Playoffs Aug. 21-24 in New Haven, Conn. Winning that tournament would advance him to US Open Qualifying in New York.
Iradukunda racks up JUCO honors
Incoming junior Guy Iradukunda was the top player in junior college tennis this season, and he has continued to notch huge honors from Seminole State College. In addition to winning the national singles and doubles draw at the NJCAA tournament, Iradukunda led Seminole State to a second place team finish. He was also named the JUCO Player of the Year by the ITA and also was a part of ITA All-American Team.
Iradukunda will join the Seminoles in August with two years of eligibility remaining.
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