Tennis: Spain's Marti wins Men's Futures championship in Naples
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Spain tennis pro Javier Marti looked purely exhausted after winning the Sanchez-Casal Menâs Futures singles championship on Sunday afternoon.
But he wasnât too tired to acknowledge all the people that helped make the debut of a menâs ATP Pro Circuit event in Naples as successful as an ace on the court.
Marti thanked everyone from the sponsor to organizers as well as fellow tennis players after dispatching Germanyâs Louis Wessels, 6-4, 6-0, to win the title at the Naples Bath and Tennis Club.
âIt was a great week for all of us,â Marti said. âWhat was a surprise was the high level that everyone played at. I didnât know what to expect here. The people here werenât ranked very high, but I think a lot of the players will go far. The college players, especially, show a lot of potential.â
Wessels pressed Marti in the first set and got to within 4-3 and 5-4 before the Spaniard put it away. But Marti dominated the second set to win the championship.
The Academia Sanchez-Casal hosted the tournament after running successful womenâs tournaments in the last few years.
âWe had a great week, even though it started with difficulty because of the weather,â said Emilio Sanchez, the Sanchez-Casal founder and director. "Everything came together well, and the last few days we simply had some great tennis. We have been trying for a long while to get a menâs tennis tournament back here. This will bode well for future menâs tournaments here, because the ATP has seen weâre capable of putting on a tournament.â
To get to Sundayâs finals, Marti beat Naplesâ Jesse Witten and 6-2, 6-4 and Strong Kirchheimer 6-3, 7-5.
Wessels meanwhile scored an upse t of sorts by defeating Portugalâs Fred Gil 6-4, 7-5 in the semis.
The tournament, sponsored by the Academia Sanchez-Casal and Germain BMW of Naples, is part of the International Tennis Federation and had a total purse of $15,000.
The field in the weeklong tournament included players from Spain, Portugal and Germany as well as the United States, and had contestants from schools like Cornell, Wake Forest and Illinois. In fact, the entire tennis team from Wake Forest competed in the tournament.
Marti received a winnerâs check of $2,160 and 1,500 points on the ATP Pro Circuit. Wessels earned $1,272 in the runner-up slot.
Playing someone as versatile as Wessels demanded the best, according to Marti.
âI had to play with a lot of precision today,â Marti said. âI had to move the ball around the court, because Wessels is such a tall, physical player. Iâve won some tournaments lately, so I came into this week with some confidence. I had some positive vibes. But I had to fight for every point I got.â
A total of 160 players were in the field and played a total of 166 matches in the last week at the Naples Bath and Tennis Club. Behind the scenes, another 30-35 people worked hard at the tournament, according to Sanchez-Casal Academy marketing manager Susana Zaragoza.
âThe level of play was great. We just had a lot of amazing matches,â Zaragoza said. âThis is a great thing for Naples. We were fortunate to get so many great players from different places and from different schools.âSource: Google News Spain | Netizen 24 Spain