Tennys Sandgren wins tennis match at USTA Pro Circuit
February 23, 2012 8:36 PM
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His name is Tennys, and he plays tennis.
Thursday at the Brownsville USTA Pro Circuit Tennis Tournament at Brownsville Tennis Center, Tennys Sandgren won a tennis match, as he upset sixth-seeded Dimitar Kutrovsky 7-6(4), 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals.
He’ll try for another upset today, as he draws fourth-seed Daniel Cox for the right to go to the semifinals.
There, Tennys, and yes that’s his real name, will have a chance to play more … sigh, tennis. And don’t think he hasn’t heard it all before.
"Certainly I get a lot of interesting comments," Sandgren said. "None negative, just interesting."
Sandgren got the unusual, but fitting, first name from his Swedish great grandfather. It had no relation to the sport, and when his parents decided to bring back the name and give it to their son, they weren’t really thinking about the sport either.
But they did play it, and they did have a court in their backyard. So, it became a family thing to do, and sure enough, Sandgren wound up being pretty good.
The Tennessee native stayed in his home state and played college tennis at Tennessee, but last summer, he won two different Pro Circuit tournaments in Illinois. With those wins and with what he did in college, the 20-year-old decided it was the right time to turn pro and go at this full-time.
"I had good results over the summer," Sandgren said. "It was just a matter of when I was ready."
Based on how he handled Kutrovsky, it looks like Sandgren made the right call.
"He’s ranked higher than I am, so it’s always nice to beat someone who had some of the wins he’s had," Sandgren said.
In the match, Sandgren and Kutrovsky kept taking shots at each in the first set before Sandgren powered through in the tiebreaker.
The second set featured clean tennis until Sandgren broke Kutrovsky twice to take a 5-2 lead. He let up in the ensuing game and was re-broken, then lost on the fourth deuce to make it 5-4.
But after changing his shirt and taking a quick breather, he won four points in a row and ran away with the match.
"Just about trying to win each point," Sandgren said. "There was not a lot of serving plays because the serve was taken out of it with the wind."
Things didn’t stop there for Sandgren on Thursday, as he and his doubles partner Rhyne Williams beat Vahid Mirzadeh and Michael Shabaz 6-1, 7-6(0) to advance to the final.
He’ll have that, and of course, another singles match or two.
"That’s how it is, it’s a grind, for sure," Sandgren said. "It should be a really tough one (today)."