Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia Wins 2015 Irving Tennis Classic Over American Tim Smyczek in Three Sets

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First time doubles partners Robert Lindstedt (SWE) and Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) pair up to win the doubles title

Irving, TX (March 22, 2015) – The Irving Tennis Classic crowned its singles champion today, Slovenian Aljaz Bedene. Ranked No. 115 in the world, Bedene won his 9th career ATP Challenger Tour event with a 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3 victory over No. 83 American, Tim Smyczek. In the doubles final, first time partners Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Ukranian Sergiy Stakhovsky were triumphant in the finals against Germans Benjamin Becker and Philipp Petzschner 6-4, 6-4.

Lindstedt has 18 ATP doubles titles and finished in the Top 20 of the doubles rankings for the 4th year in a row last year after capturing a maiden Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open. Stakhovsky has a career total of 3 ATP doubles titles and achieved his most exciting win of his career in 2013 when he defeated seven-time champion Roger Federer in the second round at Wimbledon, ending the Swiss’ run of 36 straight Grand Slam quarterfinals. En route to the finals Lindstedt and Stakhovsky defeated [WC] Nate Eazor (USA)/Chase, Wood (USA), Gilles Muller (LUX)/Aisam-Ul-Haq (PAK), and Aljaz Bedene (SLO)/Damir Dzumhur (BIH).

Due to rain yesterday afternoon, the semi-finals match up of Smyczek and Muller was completed earlier today, in which Smyczek upset second seed and No. 36 Gilles Muller (LUX) 6-4, 7-6(8). Smyczek claimed his 4th ATP Challenger Tour title in February at the RBC Tennis Championships in Dallas, and it took Bedene three sets to end Smyczek’s Texas winning streak.

“It wasn’t easy. He runs well, he is a fast guy, he doesn’t have any weaknesses, can hit from both sides, and has a solid serve…it was a tight match, and I guess I was better today,” said Bedene who will play in qualifying singles tomorrow in Miami. 

Bedene arrived in Irving after losing in the qualifying rounds at Indian Wells, Calif. On his way to the finals at the Irving Tennis Classic, Bedene defeated Rajeev Ram (USA), upset tournaments 4th seed No. 46 Dominic Thiem (AUT), 7th seed No.61 Marcos Baghdatis (CYP), and yesterday beat qualifier Kyle Edmund (GBR) in the semi-finals.

About Irving Tennis Classic

The ATP Irving Tennis Classic (previously Dallas Tennis Classic) is an international level Challenger event governed by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) offering $125,000 in prize money. The tournament features a 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw. The annual event is held between the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California and the Miami Open in Florida. For more information about the Irving Tennis Classic at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, go to the tournament’s website at IrvingTennisClassic.com or follow the tournament on Twitter (@irvingclassic).

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2015 Irving Tennis Classic Announces Official Player Field which Includes 5 Players Ranked in ATP Top 50

2015 Irving Tennis Classic Announces Official Player Field which Includes 5 Players Ranked in ATP Top 50

Draw Includes No. 34 Jeremy Chardy, No. 36 Gilles Muller, No. 40 Benjamin Becker, No. 46 Dominic Thiem and No. 50 Sergiy Stakhovsky

IRVING, TX (MARCH 16, 2015) — The Irving Tennis Classic, Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Challenger Tour event played at the prestigious Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, today announced the official player field, which includes 5 players ranked in the ATP Top 50 and 17 other players ranked in the top 100 on the ATP Tour.

In doubles action, the tournament No.1 seeds are Spaniard David Marrero and Mariusz Fyrstenberg from Poland who each have a top 50 doubles ranking and have only played together once in Vienna at an ATP World Tour 250 event last year, where they advanced to the Quarterfinals. Americans Rajeev Ram and Eric Butoroc are the tournaments 2nd seeds, and defending two-time doubles champion Scott Lipsky returns as the third seed with a different partner in Treat Huey from the Philippines.

The 34th ranked Frenchman Jeremy Chardy accepted the wildcard as the tournament’s No. 1 seed. The 2014 Irving Tennis Classic Champion, Lukas Rosol was expected to return as the top seed, but has advanced at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. The other wildcard recipients into the main draw are fellow Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin, last years semi-finalist Ukranian Sergiy Stakhovsky, and Texas resident Michael Russell.

Former Top 10 player Marcos Baghdatis also returns to the Irving Tennis Classic as the No. 7 seed, where he will meet familiar foe Dustin Brown in the first round of the main draw. Baghdatis and Brown last met in the first round of 2014 Wimbledon, where Baghdatis advanced after a thrilling 6-4,7-5,2-6,7-6(4) match.

In addition, four qualifiers will be included in the main draw tomorrow after their final round of qualifying singles matches.

Tickets are being sold through the tournament website at IrvingTennisClassic.com.

Parking is free each day with the purchase of a tournament program.

Final Player Field (As of March 16, 2015)

PLAYER – COUNTRY (EMIRATES ATP RANKING)

(WC) Chardy, Jeremy FRA (34)

Muller, Gilles LUX (36)

Becker, Benjamin GER (40)

Thiem, Dominic AUT (46)

(WC) Stakhovsky, Sergiy UKR (50)

Janowicz, Jerzy POL (51)

Baghdatis, Marcos CYP (61)

Schwartzman, Diego ARG (63)

Andujar, Pablo ESP (66)

Struff, Jan-Lennard GER (73)

Matosevic, Marinko AUS (74)

Smyczek, Tim USA (83)

Bellucci, Thomaz BRA (85)

Darcis, Steve BEL (90)

Dzumhur, Damir BIH (91)

Kamke, Tobias GER (97)

Dustov, Farrukh UZB (99)

Brown, Dustin GER (102)

Mathieu, Paul-Henri FRA (107)

Ward, James GBR (108)

Sela, Dudi ISR (109)

Bedene, Aljaz SLO (115)

Elias, Gastao POR (127)

Kudla, Denis USA (131)

Zverev, Alexander GER (136)

Ram, Rejeev USA (142)

(WC) Roger-Vasselin, Edouard FRA (145)

(WC) Russel, Michael USA (179)

About Irving Tennis Classic

The ATP Irving Tennis Classic is an international level Challenger event governed by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) offering $125,000 in prize money. The tournament features a 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw. The annual event is held between the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California and the Miami Open in Florida. For more information about the Irving Tennis Classic at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, go to the tournament’s website at IrvingTennisClassic.com or follow the tournament on Twitter (@irvingclassic).

2015 Irving Tennis Classic Partners with Emily’s Place

IRVING, Texas, Feb. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The 2015 Irving Tennis Classic, an Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Challenger Tour event held annually at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, announced that Emily’s Place will serve as the main beneficiary of the fourth annual tournament.

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Emily’s Place is a nonprofit organization that provides long-term transformational housing and resources for domestic violence survivors in Dallas and Collin County.

The Irving Tennis Classic is nestled between the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California and the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. The weeklong tournament attracts an outstanding field of internationally ranked players to the DFW Metroplex to fine tune their game en route to Miami. All proceeds generated from the Irving Tennis Classic will now benefit Emily’s Place.

“We are providing services to more kids and women in our community than ever before, and have just completed phase one of a new transformational housing ministry,” said Emily’s Place founder Mark Hagan. “We have plans to build two more residential housing units, each with 28 beds, that will triple the number of women and children we are able to serve over time. Statistics show that 1 in 3 women will suffer some type of abuse in their lifetime, and fundraising support from this tournament will help accelerate our expansion to meet the need.”

Longtime friends through tennis, Mark Hagan and tournament owner Vince Menard often discussed finding a way to support survivors of domestic violence through a large-scale fundraising event.

“This is just an incredible alliance,” explained Zoltan Papp, Tournament Director. “The same way Challengers are considered stepping stones to the next echelon of professional tennis, we recognize that Emily’s Place is the next step in the continuum of care when a women comes from a shelter. We also like the fact that Emily’s Place is still early on in its expansion project, and that funds raised from this event will have a noticeable impact towards their growth.”

The City of Irving will return as title sponsor, and the tournament will take place March 16-22 at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit irvingtennisclassic.com.

About Irving Tennis Classic
The ATP Irving Tennis Classic (previously Dallas Tennis Classic) is an international level Challenger event governed by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) offering $125,000 in prize money. The tournament features a 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw. The annual event is held between the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California and the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Florida. For more information about the Irving Tennis Classic at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, go to the tournament’s website at IrvingTennisClassic.com or follow the tournament on Twitter (@irvingclassic).

About Emily’s Place
Emily’s Place was founded in 2002 and is considered one of the leading agencies in the area as it relates to providing a long-term solution for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. Its mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence for women and their children through long-term transformational care that seeks to restore faith, hope, and health. Emily’s Place offers domestic violence survivors a hand-up, not a hand-out, by providing up to 24 months of care and transformational housing to get women back to a point of becoming self sufficient. The two-year program provides resources such as childcare, counseling and life skill training to women and children so they can become self-sufficient, thriving members of the community. For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.emilysplacetx.org.

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