Benjamin Lock, Anderson Reed win professional tournaments in Africa

Florida State Tennis

by Federico Coppini
Benjamin Lock, Anderson Reed win professional tournaments in Africa

Tallahassee, Fla. – In the first installment of our summer update series, the men’s tennis team had three players win professional events, one win sectional qualifying for the US Open, and another named to the 2015 Pan-American team.

Lock wins first professional singles title in Mozambique
Playing in his first professional event of the summer after helping lead the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament, rising senior Benjamin Lock won five matches during the first week of June to claim the singles championship in the Mozambique F1 Futures in Maputo, Mozambique.

The tournament was the first of its kind held in Mozambique and was Lock’s first singles win of his career and second overall, following a doubles title in Niceville, Fla. last November.
That win, coupled with semifinal and quarterfinal appearances the past two weeks, jumped Lock over 400 spots in the world tennis rankings to number 792, making him one of the top five ranked players in college in the world rankings.

Reed wins second doubles championship in Mozambique
A week after Lock won his first title, former Seminole Anderson Reed (’13) won his second career doubles championship and first of 2015 in the Mozambique F2 Futures playing with Evan King.

For Reed, it bumped his world doubles ranking to a career-high 773. The following week in Zimbabwe, Reed and King fell in the finals. The wins from Reed and Lock were the 49th and 50th for the Seminoles over the past five years.

Terrell Whitehurst wins US Open Sectional Qualifying in Tallahassee
Rising sophomore Terrell Whitehurst, who just finished an outstanding freshman season for the Seminoles, won the 2015 US Open Sectional Qualifying held June 18-20 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center in Tallahassee.

In the finals, Whitehurst knocked off Korey Lovett of Alabama, 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-4, and advances to the national playoffs August 21-24 in New Haven, Conn., where he will face the 15 other regional winners. The winner of that tournament will play in the US Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

Among the qualifying field were fellow Seminoles Jake Albo, Terrance Whitehurst, and Jack Haffey.

Former ‘Noles Vahid Mirzadeh and Amy Sargeant also advanced through the mixed doubles draw with a 6-4, 6-3 win in the finals and will compete in the the national playoffs August 25-28 in New Haven.

Aubone named to 2015 Pan American Games
Jean-Yves Aubone, who has been playing professional tournaments worldwide since graduating from Florida State in 2010, was one of three players selected to represent the United States in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto from July 10-26.

Aubone will compete in singles and doubles play during the Games, held every four years in the year immediately before the Olympics.

Aubone looks to join an established list of stars who have won gold in the Pan Am Games, including Althea Gibson (1959), Arthur Ashe (1967), and Patrick McEnroe (1987).

Another connection between the Seminoles and the Pan Am Games comes in Kathy Rinaldi, this year’s women’s team coach and aunt of rising senior Michael Rinaldi.

Aubone has also been playing professional events in North America, reaching the doubles finals in each of the last three Futures he’s played, including a win in Orange Park, Fla.

from May 5-10. The 6-4, 6-4 win playing with Ben McLachlan against Maximiliano Estevez and Facundo Mena was Aubone’s first of the year and 15th of his career.
Next month, rising senior Marco Nunez will travel to Korea to represent Mexico in the World University Games and Lock will represent Zimbabwe in the Davis Cup against Moldova, as well as more Seminoles participating in professional events.

Benjamin Lock