COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The month of July has proven to be a busy one for several members of the Texas A&M men’s tennis team as they compete against some of the best players in the U.S. and world in professional and junior tournaments across the country.
Sophomore All-American Austin Krajicek (Brandon, Fla.) was one of eight top seeds in the singles main draw of the USTA Futures Pro Circuit tournament held at the Millennium Tennis and Fitness Club in Joplin, Mo. He defeated Bolivia’s Mauricio Estivariz, 6-4, 6-4, to advance to the quarterfinals where he lost to fellow American Travis Helgeson of the University of Georgia, 6-3, 6-1.
Senior All-American Conor Pollock (San Antonio, Texas) also reached the quarterfinals of the Millennium tournament with a straight-set victory over Kenya’s Christian Vitulli, 6-2, 6-2, who also played for NCAA runner-up Georgia this past season. He later fell to seventh-seeded Tigran Martirosyan of Armenia, 6-3, 6-3. Pollock, who was the second-seeded player in the singles qualifier, moved on to the main draw of the six-day tourney after beating American Ricky Flach, 6-4, 6-2, in the finals.
Incoming freshman Austin Klores (Franklin, Texas) also advanced to the semifinals of the singles qualifier with a 6-2, 6-1, win over American Daniel Buikema.
In doubles action, Krajicek and Pollock reached the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Flach and Korea’s Hyung-Kwon Kim prior to falling to top-seeded Adriano Biasella of Italy and Daniel Garza of Mexico, 6-4, 3-6 (10-8). Last year, Krajicek and Pollock reached the NCAA Doubles Championship semifinals and finished out the season ranked No. 9 nationally. The trio, who are all competing as amateurs, will continue on the USTA Futures Circuit with upcoming stops in Godfrey, Ill., on July 21, Decatur, Ill., on July 28 and Milwaukee, Wis., on Aug. 4.
Meanwhile, sophomore Kayvon Karimi (Dallas, Texas) recently competed in the USTA National Open in Tallahassee, Fla. He lost a three-setter in the round of 32 to American Waylon Chin, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. He is scheduled to play in the USTA National Boys 18’s Clay Court Championships in Florida from July 13-20 and Kalamazoo, Mich., on Aug. 1-10. Both Krajicek and sophomore Wil Spencer (Ponce de Leon, Fla.) will also compete in Kalamazoo.
On the national scene, Spencer was selected to compete for the Florida Junior Davis Cup team, while Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton will once again coach the Texas Junior Davis Cup team. Competition will commence on July 26-29 in Urbana-Champaign, Ill.