It has been an awesome week of tennis and to have players of this caliber in our first-ever final makes it that much more special
Irving, TX (PRWEB) March 18, 2012
The Dallas Tennis Classic, a new stop on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Challenger Tour played at the prestigious Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, announced the singles final matchup for Sunday, which will include Russian, Igor Andreev and Canadian, Frank Dancevic. In doubles action the final will pit Mexican, Santiago Gonzalez and American, Scott Lipsky against the American duo of Bobby Reynolds and Michael Russell.
“We are so pleased to have Igor Andreev playing Frank Dancevic in our inaugural singles final,” said Zoltan Papp, Dallas Tennis Classic tournament director. “It has been an awesome week of tennis and to have players of this caliber in our first-ever final makes it that much more special."
The finals will be aired on TXA 21 at 1:00pm, beginning with the singles match and followed by the doubles.
Frank Dancevic came into the tournament as a Qualifier ranked No. 175 in the ATP rankings but has played at a very high level during the week to beat Qualifier, Alex Kuznetsov (USA), fifth-seed, Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE), and first seed, Marin Cilic (CRO), who is ranked No. 24 in the world. Dancevic received a walkover in his semi-final singles match against former world No. 2 Tommy Haas, who had to withdraw right before the start of the match due to a thoracic pain incurred in the warm-up.
His competitor, Igor Andreev, currently ranked No. 107 has also had a great week of wins against, Gil Frederico (POR), Flavio Cipolla (ITA) eighth-seed, Lukas Lacko (SVK) and Bjorn Phau (GER).
Dancevic and Andreev have played twice in their careers, both matches in 2009, and are 1-1 in the head-to-head matchup.
The Dallas Tennis Classic is a Challenger Level Tour event with Prize Money of $125,000. The event features a 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw. Unlike other Challenger events, top 50 ranked players can play in the Dallas Tennis Classic, without obtaining a wildcard, as they prepare for the Sony Ericsson.
Tickets for the finals are still available and being sold through the tournament website at DallasTennisClassic.com.
About the Dallas Tennis Classic
The ATP Dallas Tennis Classic is an International-level Challenger event governed by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) offering $125,000 in prize money. The event will feature 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw. The inaugural event in Dallas will be held between the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida. The charitable beneficiary of the Dallas Tennis Classic is Invest in a Child, a Dallas Tennis Association (DTA) charitable program. For more information about the Dallas Tennis Classic Four Seasons Dallas at Las Colinas go to the tournament’s website at DallasTennisClassic.com or follow the tournament on Twitter or Facebook.