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.