Matthew Segura, the great nephew of tennis legend Pancho Segura, has won the Sea Oaks Mardy Fish “Wild Card” Championships with a resounding 6-0, 6-0 win over Emmett Ward of Delray Beach, Florida, according to the Tennis Grandstand website.
The win gives the 19 year old Segura a wild card entry into the $15,000 Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships USTA Pro Circuit event which will be held from April 26th to May 3rd at The Boulevard Tennis Club.
This is the third consecutive year that Segura has won this event. He lost in the first round of his previous two appearances at the Mardy Fish tournament. Segura said that this was one of the best matches he has played in his career, "There are hardly any occasions where I win 6-0, 6-0.
I just played really well. I was in the zone”. In the semi-finals, Segura came back from a set down and saved a match point to beat 18-year-old Quinn Snyder of New Jersey 4-6, 7-5, (14-12) while Ward defeated former U.S.
Open doubles and mixed doubles competitor Brian Battistone of Las Vegas 6-4, 4-6 (10-2). Segura commented on the event, "It’s amazing playing in front of all these amazing people. I like it here. The crowd here is amazing and it also kind of feels like a mini ATP event”.
Segura has been tutored by his great uncle Pancho for 10 years before his death in 2017 and has also worked with former World No. 1 Jimmy Connors, who himself worked with Pancho Segura in the past.