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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Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic and World No. 47, Wins 2014 Irving Tennis Classic Over American Steve Johnson 6-0, 6-3

No. 1 Seeds Scott Lipsky (USA) and Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) win seventh doubles title together 4-6, 7-6(7), 10-7

The Irving Tennis Classic crowned its singles champion today, Czech Republican Lukas Rosol. The third seed, ranked No. 47 in the world, Rosol won his seventh career ATP Challenger tour event with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over American, Steve Johnson. In the doubles final, the No. 1 seeded team and 2012 doubles champions, Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and American, Scott Lipsky were triumphant again in the finals securing a narrow super-tiebreaker win against Australian John-Patrick Smith and New Zealand Native Michael Venus.

The singles semi-finals were played earlier in the day in which Rosol defeated No. 83 Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 5-7, 6-1, 6-0 and Johnson beat No. 94 Tobias Kamke (GER) 6-4, 6-2. Rosol ended Johnson’s Texas winning streak and captured the singles title in just over 47 minutes with a straight-set victory.

Rosol arrived in Irving coming off a second-round loss last week in Indian Wells, Calif., to No. 6-ranked Andy Murray in three sets, 4-6, 6- 3, 6-2. In his first three rounds at the Irving Tennis Classic, Rosol beat Michael Russell (USA), Daniel Brands (GER) and Ryan Harrison (USA).

“Despite the cold and windy conditions today, it was heartwarming to see some tennis fans brave the elements and come out and cheer on the players in the final matches” said Zoltan Papp, Irving Tennis Classic Tournament Director.

No. 1 seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky have played together in 51 tournaments in the last three years, and this win marks their seventh doubles title. En route to the finals the duo defeated Adham El-Effendi [USA]/Darren Walsh [GBR], Federico Delbonis [ARG]/Guido Pella [ARG] and Samuel Groth [AUS]/Chris Guccione [AUS].

Singles Semi-Finals at 2014 Irving Tennis Classic Suspended Due to Rain

Championship Sunday to Feature Doubles Finals along with Singles Semis and Final Matches

The Irving Tennis Classic announced that the suspended singles semi-finals matches will be rescheduled to Championship Sunday at 11 a.m. In the singles semi-final matchup on Championship Court, No. 3 Lukas Rosol (CZE) and Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) are tied at 4-4 in the first set. On Court 7, Steve Johnson (USA) and Tobias Kamke (GER) are on serve in the first set, where Johnson leads 3-2.

“We were really hoping to squeeze in the singles semi-finals today,” said Zoltan Papp, Irving Tennis Classic tournament director. “We delayed the start time due to the rain and put both matches on simultaneously versus having them play back-to-back on Championship Court. Unfortunately the weather got the better of us today. It has been a terrific week of tennis, and we will cap it off with a full day of tennis tomorrow.”

In head-to-head matchups, Stakhovsky and Rosol have played twice in their careers, and Stakhovsky is 2-0. Stakhovsky achieved his most exciting win of his career last year when he defeated seven-time champion Roger Federer in the second round at Wimbledon, ending the Swiss’ run of 36 straight Grand Slam quarterfinals. Stakhovsky has a career total of four ATP World Tour singles titles, and he is currently 83rd in the Emirates ATP rankings.

His competitor is No. 3 seed Rosol whose current world ranking is 47. Rosol’s career highlights include defeating Rafael Nadal on Centre Court at Wimbledon and winning the Davis Cup in 2012.

In other singles action, Kamke and Johnson have played each other once in their careers at the 2013 US Open, where Kamke prevailed in three sets. Kamke finished in the Top 100 for the fourth-consecutive year, which was highlighted by a career-best 17 match wins on the ATP World Tour in 2013. He currently is 94 in the Emirates ATP rankings.

Last year marked Johnson’s first full season on the ATP World Tour, and his current world ranking is 119. Prior to joining the Tour, the Californian played four years (2009-12) at the University of Southern California, where he became the first player in school history to win four NCAA team titles and back-to-back singles titles.

The doubles final will pit No.1 seeds Mexican Santiago Gonzalez and American Scott Lipsky against Australian John-Patrick Smith and New Zealand native Michael Venus. Gonzalez and Lipsky are the 2012 Doubles Champions and have won six ATP career double titles together. This is the first time Smith and Venus have teamed up.

As part of Championship Sunday festivities SMU men’s tennis will play a dual match at 10 a.m. against Portland. The singles semi-finals will resume at 11 a.m. The doubles final will begin at 1 p.m. on Championship Court followed by the singles final.

Top Seed and 2012 Doubles Champions Lipsky and Gonazalez Reach 2014 Irving Tennis Classic Finals

Friday was the start of finals weekend with the singles quarterfinals and doubles semi-finals taking place. While there are many new players amongst the 2014 draw that have left an impression, previous years winners are also in the mix for the championship matches. 2012 doubles champions duo of Mexico’s Santiago Gonzalez and America’s Scott Lipsky earned their fourth win of the tournament in the semi-finals Friday afternoon to advance to the doubles finals on Sunday. The pair defeated Austrians Samuel Groth and Chris Guccione in another third set super tiebreaker. They will face the team of John-Patrick Smith (AUS) and Michael Venus (NZL) in Sunday’s finals match.

In singles, Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) defeated American Tim Smyzcek 6-3, 7-6(5) to advance to the singles semi-finals. In 2013, Stakhovsky achieved his most exciting win of his career when he defeated seven-time champion Roger Federer in the second round at Wimbledon, ending the Swiss’ run of 36 straight Grand Slam quarterfinals. Stakhovsky has a career total of four ATP World Tour singles titles, and he is currently 83rd in the Emirates ATP rankings. In the rounds prior to the quarterfinals, Stakhovsky has topped Jesse Huta-Galung (NED) and upset the No. 2 seed Federico Delbonis (ARG).

Stakhovsky will face the No. 3 seed Lukas Rosol (CZE) in Saturday’s singles semi-finals. Rosol advanced to the semi-finals after he defeated American Ryan Harrison 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals on Friday. The Czech Republic native’s current world ranking is 47, and he is the only seeded player remaining in the tournament. Rosol’s career highlights include defeating Rafael Nadal on Centre Court at Wimbledon and winning the Davis Cup in 2012. In addition to Saturday’s win over Harrison, Rosol has defeated Michael Russell (USA) and Daniel Brands (GER) en route to the semi-finals.

In other singles action, Tobias Kamke (GER) advanced to the semi-finals after Ukraine’s Illya Marchenko retired prior to the start of the second set due to a stomach illness. Kamke finished in the Top 100 for the fourth-consecutive year, which was highlighted by a career-best 17 match wins on the ATP World Tour in 2013. He currently is 94 in the ATP rankings. In his matches prior to the quarterfinals, Kamke defeated both Jan Hajek (CZE) and the No. 5 seed Denis Istomin (UZB). The German native will play American Steve Johnson in the semi-finals on Saturday.

On Friday night, Johnson defeated Germany’s Benjamin Becker to advance to the semi-final round with a dominant 6-3, 6-1 win. The 2013 year marked his first full season on the ATP World Tour, and his current ranking is 119. Prior to joining the Tour, the Californian played four years (2009-12) at the University of Southern California, where he became the first player in school history to win four NCAA team titles and back-to-back singles titles.  Johnson defeated Jean Andersen (RSA) and Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) in the two opening rounds of the Irving Tennis Classic.

Also taking part in today’s action was Dallas Mavericks power forward and 2011 NBA Champion Dirk Nowitzki. Nowitzki came out to the Irving Tennis Classic to cheer on fellow countrymen Kamke and Becker. In between matches, Nowitzki proved his athleticism in a pick-up tennis game with some of the ball kids.

**The singles semi-finals matches are scheduled for Saturday afternoon starting at 1 p.m. If inclement weather is to occur, all matches will be moved to Sunday and tickets purchased for Saturday’s matches will be honored. Please check the website for scheduling updates.

Many Non-Seeded Players Thriving at 2014 Irving Tennis Classic

ATP Challenger Features Strong Draw as Several Top-Seeded Players Upset in the First Two Rounds

It is four days into the 2014 Irving Tennis Classic, and there are upsets galore after the first two rounds of main draw singles and doubles action. The tournament has had many surprises, which has resulted in a majority of the top-seeded players losing in the early rounds. The No. 3 tournament seed and No. 47 ATP world ranked Lukas Rosol (CZE) stands as the only seeded player that remains in the singles draw.

Baylor alumnus and Plano resident, Benjamin Becker (GER), headlined Wednesday’s action after he upset the No. 1 seed Vasek Pospisil (CAN) in the first round. While he was excited to defeat the No. 1 seed, Becker noted that the talent at the Irving Tennis Classic is pretty strong across the board.

“Most of the guys at the tournament are pretty even,” said Becker. “Most of the guys can beat each other on any day.”

The twists and turns continued into Thursday’s second round of singles play. The No. 2 seed Federico Delbonis (ARG) fell to Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR), and the No. 5 seed Denis Istomin (UZB) fought hard in the final match of the second round, but eventually fell 6-3, 7-6(5) to Tobias Kamke (GER).

Ukraine’s Illya Marchenko continued in his success at this year’s tournament after he upset the Netherlands’ No. 4 seed Igor Sigsling in straight sets (7-5, 6-2) to advance to the singles quarterfinals. Thursday’s contest was Marchenko’s fourth singles match of the tournament, making him the player with the most matches played thus far. Marchenko entered the tournament as a qualifier, and he earned his spot in the main draw after winning both of his matches in the qualifying rounds.

Amongst the international field, three young, up-and-coming American talents – Steve Johnson, Tim Smyzcek and Ryan Harrison – all won in the second round and advanced to the singles quarterfinals.

In doubles action, the top seed duo of Mexico’s Santiago Gonzalez and America’s Scott Lipsky started off strong with a dominant 6-4, 6-2 first round victory. Gonzalez and Lipsky were the 2012 Doubles Champions, and they are looking to capture that title again after pulling out a win in a close match during the quarterfinals on Thursday. The duo won 10-8 in the third set super tiebreaker to advance to the doubles semifinals on Friday.

While Gonzalez and Lipsky remain as the No. 1 seeds, the remainder of the top four seeded doubles teams did not fair as well in the first two rounds of play. Both the No. 2 and 3 seeded teams were upset in the opening rounds of the main draw, and the fourth seed Skupski brothers fell in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

Thursday’s doubles action continued into the evening with an exciting night match on the Championship Court. New to the 2014 schedule, featured night matches have been added so that fans have the opportunity to catch some tennis action both during and after the usual work hours. Also, with it being Spring Break, families are able to enjoy an evening activity. The team of Galung (NED) and Rosol played in Thursday’s featured night match, where they defeated the duo of Hanley and Ram in a decisive three set match to advance to the semifinals round. With the win, Rosol is the only player remaining in the main draw who has advanced in both singles and doubles.