Pro Circuit Round-up:
Redlicki, Gauff star in Arizona
Arthur Kapetanakis | February 19, 2019
A pair of South Florida residents starred on the USTA Pro Circuit in Arizona last week, as Martin Redlicki of Boca Raton and Coco Gauff of Delray Beach dominated both the singles and doubles draws at their respective events.
Both Americans earned career milestones—Redlicki won his first career ITF singles title, at the ITF World Tennis Tour M15 event in Tucson (as well as his sixth doubles title), while Gauff won her first career ITF doubles crown and reached her first ITF singles final, at the W25 competition in Surprise.
Redlicki, 23, survived a pair of three-setters to open his campaign before ultimately living up to his billing as the top seed. The UCLA grad took out Jordi Arconada, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, in Round 2 before stepping up his game in the final rounds, winning six straight sets for the title. ADVERTISEMENT Facing Brazil’s Karue Sell in the final, Redlicki dismissed the No. 2 seed, 6-4, 6-4, and is now closing in on the ATP’s Top 400, with a career-high singles ranking of No. 406.
The Chicago native also teamed with Sell to win the doubles trophy as the No. 2 seeds. The duo navigated a third-set match tiebreaker in the semifinals, against Americans George Goldhoff and Austin Rapp, and took a 6-4, 6-1 final decision over American Strong Kirchheimer and Ireland’s Julian Bradley.
Redlicki, the younger brother of Duke and Arkansas product Michael Redlicki, was a two-time NCAA doubles champion at UCLA, with Mackenzie McDonald (2016) and Evan Zhu (2018). He was also an NCAA singles semifinalist as a senior in 2018.
Isaiah Strode also made a deep run in Surprise, reaching the singles semis.
On the women’s side, Gauff (pictured above) was one win away from matching Redlicki’s trophy double, at the ITF World Tennis Tour W25 event in Surprise. The unseeded 14-year-old stormed past No. 4 Ashley Kratzer, 7-5, 6-1, in Round 2 and No. 8 Ann Li, 6-4, 7-5, in the quarterfinals of the singles draw. After a three-set semifinal victory over Olga Govortsova, Gauff fell just short of singles glory when she was turned back, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, in the final by No. 3 Sesil Karatantcheva of Belarus.
Americans featured heavily in the late rounds of the Surprise event, with Allie Kiick reaching the singles semifinals and Usue Arconada and Li reaching the singles quarters. Arconada also teamed with Emina Bektas to reach the doubles final, where Gauff and partner Paige Hourigan of New Zealand took the trophy, 6-3, 4-6, [14-12]. It was Gauff'second USTA Pro Circuit doubles final of the month—and her career—after she teamed with Li to reach the final of the ITF World Tennis Tour W100 event in Midland, Mich., two weeks ago.
Other notable American results on the ATP and ITF circuits last week include:
- JC Aragone was a singles quarterfinalist at the ATP Challenger 80 event in Bangkok, Thailand.
- Robert Galloway and Nathaniel Lammon won the doubles title at the ATP Challenger 80 event in Cherbourg, France.
- Ryan Shane reached the singles quarterfinals at the ITF World Tennis Tour M25 event in Barnstaple, Great Britain.
- Sebastian Korda was a singles finalist at the ITF World Tennis Tour M15 event in Antalya, Turkey.
- Jennifer Elie was a singles finalist at the ITF World Tennis Tour W15 event in Port Pirie, Australia.
- Dasha Ivanova was a singles semifinalist at the ITF World Tennis Tour W15 event in Monastir, Tunisia.
- Jessica Ho was a singles quarterfinalist at the ITF World Tennis Tour W15 event in Antalya, Turkey.
- Dana Mathewson was a doubles champion at the Wrexham Indoor Wheelchair Championships ITF 3 Series.