MONASTIR, Tunisia. – Senior Aziz Dougaz had a big weekend this past week as he came away with his second career singles and eighth overall pro title.
His journey to this championship was not an easy one.
Back in August Dougaz broke his wrist while competing in the Tunisia F29 Futures in his hometown of La Marsa, Tunisia. Dougaz was out for eight weeks doing rehab to get back on the court and back in form.
“It’s been a tough eight weeks being injured,” said Dougaz. “ I have worked hard and I am glad I came back right away. Earning a title in my first week back means a lot.”
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Back with a 15k title after 8 tough weeks being injured. Thanks for everyone who has supported me. Special thanks to my coaches Anis Bouchlaka and Seif Massouad, as well as my dad and my entire family that has pushed me and believed in me during this difficult period. @lifefitness.tunisia @sancellasportsteam @babolat @babolattennisexpress #Milou #believe #hardwork #VS
Dougaz dominated his way through the 32 person main draw. In the first round, he took down world No. 883 Lance-Pierre Du Toit (South Africa) 6-3, 6-0. In round two, he was challenged but still won in straight sets as he defeated world No. 1134 Remmy Bertola (Switzerland) 7-6(2), 6-2.
Dougaz advanced to the semifinals after his opponent in the quarters withdrew. He advanced to the finals after taking down his toughest challenger yet. Dougaz went to three sets with world No. 1013 Jeremy Sonkin (USA) advancing to the finals after winning 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-3.
In the finals, Dougaz took on world No. 536 Gabriel Petit (France). He cruised through Petit in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 en route to his second career singles title and seventh career pro title.
Dougaz, currently ranked 556 in the world, should move inside the top-500 and to a possible career high when the next world rankings come out.
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