Freshman Sebastian Rey
Oct. 29, 2013
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Sebastian Rey, a freshman on the Tulane men's tennis team, advanced into the second round of the main draw of the International Tennis Federation's UTSA Futures Championships at the Roger Scott Tennis Center on Tuesday afternoon with a three-set victory over Connor Farren.
"This was a huge win for Sebastian today," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "Getting your first ATP point, no matter how good you are, is always a tough task. You have to grind it out in qualifiers and usually beat a seasoned player in the main draw just to get on the computer."
Rey, a native of Wantage, United Kingdom, defeated the United States' Farren, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, in the opening round match.
"Farren has been the top ranked US junior for some time and he has been seeing some success on the tour recently," Booras added. "To beat a player of that level in a main draw professional event takes a lot of focus in order to execute the task under so much pressure."
Rey was serving in attempt to take the first set with a 5-4 lead, but Farren broke the point and rallied to win the next three games and ultimately take the opening set, but Rey overcame the jitters and rebounded well.
"Sebastian stuck to his game plan and was able to bounce back quickly today," Booras said. "He was able to take an early lead in the second set and hold on. In the third set he broke at 2-1 and was able to maintain that break all the way through. He showed a lot of poise."
Rey will play again Thursday in the second round of the main draw. He will either face top-seeded Hans Podlipnik-Castillo of Chile or Hungary's Peter Nagy.