June 13, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State men's tennis program has several current and former players competing around the world in the ATP Challenger Tour and the ITF Tennis Pro Circuit. Redshirt-junior Benjamin Lock won two ATP points in South Africa while former player Vahid Mirzadeh reached the semifinals of a Challenger in Furth, Germany.
Lock started the summer travelling to South Africa where he played a series of three Futures Tournaments from May 26 through June 13. Lock advanced to the round of 16 in both South Africa F1 Futures, where he defeated Phenyo Matong (BOT) 6-2, 6-1 before falling to the seventh seed of the tournament Augusto Laranja (BRA), and South Africa F3 Futures, where the Seminole won a hard fought three-set match 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 against Brandon Laubser (RSA) before dropping to the seventh seed Ruan Roelofse (RSA).
Traveling with Lock was former Seminole Anderson Reed who won three matches to qualify to the main draw of the South Africa F1 Futures before falling 6-2, 6-4 to world-ranked No. 554 Tucker Vorster (RSA). Reed and Lock partnered up together to reach the quarterfinals at the South Africa F1 Futures.
While Lock and Reed were playing in South Africa, former All-American Vahid Mirzadeh competed in Germany. Entering as the No. 3 seed, he and partner Ariel Behar of Uruguay reached the semifinals of the Furth Challenger. In the quarterfinals, the duo topped the team of Guilherme Clezar (BRA) and Henri Laaksonen (SUI) 6-2, 6-2 before falling to the Spanish team of Gerard Granollers and Jordi Samper in a nerve-racking match tiebreak 6-2, 0-6, 1-0 (11-9). Mirzadeh is currently ranked No. 180 in the world in doubles.
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