Orlando, Florida- At 11:00am Sunday October 25th, it will be Aruba vs Mexico and Dominican Republic vs Mexico. The final four players are set for today's semi-finals of the Tennis Plaza 2nd Annual African American Tennis Tournament, and it's set to be monster matches!
The events are sponsored by Orlando Commissioner Regina I. Hill, TCMofFlorida.com, and the Orlando Tennis Center. Co-sponsored by VincenzosOrlando.com and AriEventsFlorida.com. Produced by Dragon Promotions & Orlando Synergy Marketing.
#8 seed "Killer" Kyle Frankel (Aruba) vs Rafael "Big Heart" Bejar (Mexico). ~
#3 seed Giancarlo "The Express" Escotto (Dominican Republic) vs "Kid Perfection" Santiago Suarez #7 (Mexico)
30 players topped the almost full field this year, a significant increase from last year's 16 players. Players came from all over representing Mexico, Lebanon, Aruba, Czech Republic, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Vietnam, Philippines, Dominican Republic, Brazil, and the USA.
Four 6.0 open players participated including reigning USTA Open Level Winter Park Clay Court Champion Felipe Resende, runner-up Santiago Garcia, Vitor Schepper, and Giancarlo Escotto. Three of those four were eliminated in the 1st and 2nd round by the impressive top junior academy players from Montverde Tennis Academy in Florida.
Last year's runner-up Tayjhon McGee was nearly upsetted the 1st round by Alejandro Herrera of Colombia as he came froma 4-1 deficit and led 7-4 before herrera came back. McGee won 9-7 but in the quarter-finals fell to the perfect playing of Santiago Suarez in a astonishing 6-0, 6-0 rout. McGee did have a minor hamstring issue, but Suarez still gave an impressive performance.
"I played great today and it's been an amazing tournament for me so far. I've been playing well and we train for this everyday at Guizar Academy. I feel good and if I can keep playing this way I can win the tournament", said Suarez, currently ranked #330 in the ITF World Junior rankings.
Kyle Frankel of Montverde Academy ,who won his matches by big margins , will face Guizar Academy's Rafael Bejar who won a thriller 11-9 deciding match tie-break against Alejandro Hernandez . They play in the semi-finals at 11:00am.
Former Davis Cup player Giancarlo Escotto turned heads today with his mighty performances. He won his first three matches only losing a total of 2 games against strong junior academy talents. He will enter tomorrow as the favorite to win the tournament. Last year Escotto finished 3rd.
"I'm very happy with my game. I'm definitely an improved player from last year. My serve is better and my footwork is better. I'm faster and stronger", said a very confident Escotto.
"Escotto is probably the most impressive player I've seen here. I've never seen him play before but he's the real deal", said Justen Louis, who plays for Flagler College's Tennis Team.
Doubles divisions starts at 11:00am at same time with the sem-finals of the men's singles.
The ladies finals will take place at 11:00am as well.
The finals of the men's singles will be at 2:00pm.