Oct. 28, 2013
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Sebastian Rey, a freshman on the Tulane men's tennis team won his qualifying draw and has advanced into the main draw of the International Tennis Federation's USA Futures Championships at the Roger Scott Tennis Center.
"This is a great result for Sebastian and for Tulane," Green Wave head coach Mark Booras said. "Qualifying for a professional event is always a grind and being able to do it as a freshman shows a lot of ability and character on his behalf."
Rey earned the berth into the main draw with four wins over this past weekend. The Wantage, U.K., native defeated Oscar Forsell of Sweden, 6-2, 6-3, in the opening round, then got past Thomas Mayronne of the United States, 7-5, 6-4, in the second round. Rey then upended New Zealand's Chester Espie, 6-3, 6-2, in the semifinals before defeating Japan's Hidetoshi Owanda, 6-2, 6-1, to win the draw and advance.
Rey is one of 32 players from around the nation in the main draw. He will square off against the USA's Connor Daciek on Tuesday in the opening round.
"Tuesday's match will be a tough challenge," Booras said. "Sebastian's opponent has a lot of experience at this level and is a very solid player. He just needs to continue executing his game and enjoy the experience and he'll have a great opportunity to be successful."
Tulane's Alex Van Cott also enjoyed some success in the qualifying draw. The Unadilla, N.Y., native reached the semifinals before bowing out. Van Cott defeated Alex Thor of the USA, 6-0, 3-0, retired, in the opening round and then upended Richard Granger of the USA, 6-1, 6-0, before falling to Trinidad's Joseph Cadogan, 7-6, 6-2, in the semifinal round.
Takuma Ohashi, a Green Wave senior, won his first round match, 7-5, 6-3, over Canada's Tom Dynka, but fell in the second round.