Aug. 19, 2015
THE FLATS – Former Georgia Tech All-American Kevin King captured the singles title last weekend at the USA F25 Futures, a $15,000 event in Champaign, Ill., and won the doubles title in the USA F24 Futures event the week before in Decatur, Ill.
King, seeded fourth in the Car-X Futures of Champaign, defeated Richard Gabb of Great Britain, 6-3, 6-1, in the finals. The 2012 Tech graduate lost only one set in five matches in the 32-player draw, that coming in a quarterfinal win over fellow American Tommy Paul, the sixth seed. King also reached the final of the doubles draw in Champaign, partnering with American Evan King, but lost in the finals to former Virginia stars Justin and Ryan Shane.
The two Kings teamed up to win the doubles draw at the Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic in Decatur, Ill., another $15,000 ITF Futures event.
King is currently ranked No. 356 in the world in singles, 215 in doubles. He has a 22-12 singles record in 2015, 23-9 in doubles.
Another former Tech star, Dean O’Brien, teamed with fellow South African Ruan Roelofse, to win the doubles title July 26 at the $50,000 Binghamton (N.Y.) Challenger event. The duo never lost a set in the 16-player draw. They also reached the finals of the $50,000 Lexington (Ky.) Challenger event on Aug. 2, and won their match in the David Cup tie against Ireland in July, defeating James McCluskey and David O’Hare in straight sets. South Africa won the tie, 5-0.
O’Brien is currently ranked 130th in the world in doubles, improving from No. 297 at the end of 2014.