MANSFIELD, TX -- Texas A&M true freshman men's tennis player Harrison Adams has hit the ground running in his tennis career and notched his top ATP victory with a 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-5 victory over Samuel Groth from Australia at the Futures of Mansfield Men’s Tournament in the Metroplex.
“This was an awesome win for Harrison against (Samuel) Groth,” Aggie head coach Steve Denton said. “Harrison did an excellent job of taking care of his own service games and was very opportunistic when he had a chance to break Groth’s massive serve. I am very proud of Harrison as this was by far his highest ranked ATP win.”
Groth, seeded No. 3 in the tournament field, had recorded an ace at 163.4 mph earlier in an ATP event. The serve was the fastest ever recorded at a professional tennis event. Groth has been ranked as high as 220 in the world and is currently ranked 239.
Adams will face the winner of Phillip Simmonds and Mohamed Abid in the second round.
Also competing in the tournament field are former Texas A&M All-Americans Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo. Dadamo advanced to the second round with a straight sets 6-3, 6-3 win over Alexios Halebian. Krajicek faces Chris Wettengel in the first round.
Adams, from New Braunfels, reached the third round of the U.S. Open Junior Championships in New York earlier this fall.
The freshman earned his first ATP point at the age of 16 in his first professional futures tournament in 2011 in Brownsville, Texas, and reached the doubles semifinals in the 2011 Tulsa Futures as well as the doubles finals of the Niceville, Florida, Futures event.