Pro Circuit Round-Up:
Shane claims Tallahassee title
Sally Milano | December 11, 2017
Former NCAA men's singles champion Ryan Shane picked up his second USTA Pro Circuit single title of the year Sunday, defeating No. 3 seed Kaichi Uchida, 7-6 (3), 6-1, in the final of the $25,000 Futures event in Tallahassee, Fla.
No. 6-seeded Shane (pictured above), a 23-year-old from Falls Church, Va., did not lose a set en route to the title. He dropped only seven games total in his first two matches, against fellow Americans Will Spencer and Sam Riffice, respectively, defeated No. 2 Mats Moraing of Germany by walkover in the quarterfinals and knocked out No. 8 Ulises Blanch of the U.S., 6-4, 7-5, in the semifinals, before beating Japan's Uchida for the title.
Shane has now captured three USTA Pro Circuit championships since September, winning in Tallahassee and also sweeping the singles and doubles titles at the Laguna Niguel, Calif. ADVERTISEMENT , Futures the week of Sept. 19. He also reached the final of the Fountain Valley, Calif., Futures the week of Sept. 26 and advanced to the semifinals at the Waco, Texas, Futures the week prior to Tallahassee.
Shane graduated from the University of Virginia in 2016 after a stellar collegiate career in which he won the NCAA singles title his junior year and finished as the No. 2-ranked player in the country. He was a member of three NCAA championship teams with Virginia, winning team titles in 2013, 2015 and 2016, and he earned All-America honors his junior and senior years, finishing his collegiate career with a 103-36 singles record.
In addition to Shane's singles win, the top-seeded duo of Nathaniel Lammons and Alex Lawson took home the doubles trophy, beating unseeded wild cards Jose Gracia of the U.S. and Lucas Poullain of France, 6-3, 6-0, in the final to give Americans the clean sweep in Tallahassee, the last USTA Pro Circuit event of 2017.
Here are results of other Americans competing on the USTA Pro Circuit and ITF Circuit the week of Dec. 4:
- Three of the four singles semifinalists in Tallahassee were American: Shane, Blanch and Jacob Dunbar. In addition, Josh Hagar and Dennis Nevolo reached the singles quarterfinals at the tournament.
- Lukas Greif reached the singles quarterfinals at the $15,000 ITF Futures event in Santo Domingo, D.R.
- Evan Song advanced to the singles semifinals at the $15,000 ITF Futures event in Cancun, Mexico.
- Robert Galloway won the doubles title at the $15,000 ITF Futures event in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
- Nicholas Hu finished runner-up in doubles at the $15,000 ITF Futures event in Hua Hin, Thailand.
- Chiara Scholl won the singles title at the $25,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Santiago, Chile.
- Sofia Sewing swept the singles and doubles titles at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
- Maya Jansen reached the doubles final at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Solapur, India.
- Zoe Scandalis and Monica Robinson teamed to win the doubles title, and Madeleine Kobelt reached the doubles final, at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
- Anastasia Nefedova advanced to the singles quarterfinals at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Hammamet, Tunisia.