Dec. 12, 2013
THE FLATS – Recent Georgia Tech men’s tennis graduate Juan Spir captured his fourth ITF Futures title of the fall over Thanksgiving week when he won the singles championship at the Colombia F7 Futures event in Bogota.
Spir, a 2013 graduate and a three-time All-American at Tech, captured the $15,000 event by defeating No. 256-ranked Carlos Salamanca in the finals. Spir also defeated No. 348 Nicolas Barrientos in the second round.
Spir is now No. 486 in singles and No. 265 in doubles in the Association of Tennis Professionals rankings after just four months on tour after graduating from Tech last August. He won the $35,000 Challenger in Quito, Ecuador with former Tech doubles partner Kevin King, and has now won three doubles events, two of them with King and the other with another former Tech teammate, Dean O’Brien.
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Kevin King, a Peachtree City, Ga., native who graduated from Tech in 2012, has a career-high ATP ranking of No. 504 singles and No. 317 doubles. This fall, King qualified for the Charlottesville and Knoxville Challengers, reaching the second round in each event. He defeated such higher-ranked players as No. 123 Rajeev Ram and No. 287 Jose Hernandez.
Dean O’Brien, a 2011 Tech graduate from Johannesburg, South Africa, is now a career high No. 528 in the ATP singles rankings and No. 417 in doubles. He competed for South Africa Davis Cup team against Russia in October, falling 6-2, 6-3 to No. 138 Andrey Kuznetsov.
Earlier in 2013, O’Brien reached the quarter-finals of the $125,000 Challenger in South Africa, falling to No. 78 Lukas Lacko, 6-3, 6-3. He has reached the semi-finals of four futures events in singles and has a pair of Futures doubles titles.
About Georgia Tech Men’s Tennis
Georgia Tech’s men’s tennis team is in its 16th year under head coach Kenny Thorne. The Yellow Jackets have played in the NCAA Championship 14 times.