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4th Qatar ITF Futures Concludes Three Consecutive Futures Events
22 Oct 2012
The conclusion of the 4th Qatar ITF Futures 2012 on Saturday saw the culmination of three consecutive weeks of International Tennis Federation futures events in Doha. Saturday’s singles winner, unseeded Theodoros Angelinos of Greece, defeated No. 5 seed Roman Jebavy of the Czech Republic in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5. After the tournament’s tops two seeds, Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia and Benjamin Balleret of Monaco, respectively, both lost in the second round of play, the field was wide open. Angelinos did not drop a set in match play until the semifinals where he faced Oktar Lucak of the Czech Republic and split sets with his opponent before claiming a third set victory, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. This is the first futures title for the 28-year old Angelinos since 2009 when he won titles in Greece, Turkey and Brazil. Having reached the quarterfinals in the 2nd and 3rd Qatar ITF Futures in the weeks prior, this victory cemented the hard work that Angelinos has put in during his time in Doha. France’s Clement Reix won the previous two futures events.

In doubles action, the fourth seeds of Marko Danis and Marek Semjan (both of Slovakia) defeated the third seeded pair of Benjamin Balleret of Monaco and Mohammad Ghareeb of Kuwait, in straight sets, 7-5, 7-6(2). Doubles champions in the previous two events were the Czech Republic’s Roman Jebavy and Oktar Lucak and then Poland’s Adam Chadaj and Andriej Kapas.

The past three weeks of tournaments have seen Qatari players Jabor Ali Mutawa, Mohammad Khingi, Mousa Shanan Zayed, Ahmed Al Ali, Jabar Al Marri, Sultan Khalfan and Abdulla Al Mohamoud play against an international field of players and raise their competitive games.

Tournament Director, Saad Al Mohannadi, said of hosting the past three weeks of events, “The Qatar Tennis Federation has been honored to host three weeks of International Tennis Federation futures events here in Doha at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex. We have had playersfrom all over the world compete in very intense matches and have seen our national team players compete against some of the game’s best. All of our champions have worked hard to lift the winning trophies. Hosting these types of events shows how seriously we take Qatar’s presence on the global tennis stage and we look forward to having more events of this caliber in the future.”