COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M All-American combination of Conor Pollock and Austin Krajicek claimed their first career doubles title while playing in a USTA Futures Pro Circuit tournament held on July 21-27 at Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey, Ill.
The Aggie duo, competing as amateurs, upset second-seeded Daniel Garza of Mexico and Nicolas Santos of Brazil by winning the third-set tiebreaker, 10-6, in the finals. Krajicek and Pollock led the match with a quick first-set tally of 6-1, but Garza and Santos later countered with a 7-6 (6) win in the second set to force the match tiebreak.
The first A&M tennis players to ever reach the NCAA Doubles Championship semifinals this past season, Krajicek and Pollock earned their ticket to the finals with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over fourth-seeded Americans Chris Klingemann and Peter Shults in the semifinals. They opened the tournament with a 6-1, 6-4 result over American Michael Rubin and Sunil Kumar Sipaeya of India in the first round played on Monday and later Tigran Martirosyan of Armenia and American Nima Roshan, 7-6 (4), 6-4, in the quarterfinals played on Thursday. Three of their four doubles opponents are ITF world-ranked.
In singles competition, Krajicek moved on to the quarterfinals of the main draw after upsetting second-seeded and No. 518-ranked Sunil Kumar Sipaeya of India in the first round, 7-6 (3), 7-5, and defeating South African Thomas Liversage in the second round, 7-6 (7), 6-4. Krajicek’s two-match win streak was snapped by Spaniard Arnau Brugues-Davi, a former All-American at the University of Tulsa, who advanced to Saturday’s semifinals with a 6-3, 6-2 straight-set victory over the 18-year-old Aggie. Krajicek will be a sophomore in the fall.
Pollock, a two-time All-Big 12 Conference First Team selection and senior-to-be, earned a wild-card entry into the main draw, but fell in three first-round sets to fifth-seeded Daniel Garza of Mexico, 1-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4