13 Aug 2009

Argentines dominate in Juiz de Fora


NEWS ARTICLE

By  Nick Fishpool

Photo: Rosy LimaBRA F13 - Juan Pablo Villar and Agustin Picco

In the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, the city of Juiz de Fora hosted its first ever tournament on the ITF Pro Circuit. The tournament attracted many tennis fans from outside of the city and featured players from Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Bolivia.

The latter stages of the tournament was heavily dominated by players from Argentina who could boast an impressive five (5) of the eight (8) players in the singles quarterfinals draw and eleven (11) of the sixteen (16) players in the same stage of the doubles event.

The singles final was an all-Argentine affair with the title going to Juan Pablo Villar, whose 63 76(1) victory over Agustin Picco presented him with his sixth career singles title on the ITF Pro Circuit. Following his two sets triumph, 27-year old Villar commented “I am happy to come here for the first time in this beautiful city. I felt almost Brazilian winning one more tournament in this place”, making reference to the previous three titles he has won in Brazil during his career to date on the ITF Pro Circuit.

The doubles title went to the No. 1 seeds Mauricio Doria-Medina (BOL) & Gaston-Arturo Grimolizzi (ARG). In the final they overcame Brazilian Wild Card entrants Andre Baran & Tiago Fernandes in straight sets, 64 61, to claim their first doubles title together and make up for their defeat in the final of the previous week.

Throughout the tournament, a high level of tennis was maintained by the players drawing high praise from those watching in the stands.



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