ON TOUR: Smith Sweeps Titles at Vero Beach

Former Vol John-Patrick Smith swept the singles and doubles trophies Sunday at the Sorensenrealestate.com Tennis Classic in Vero Beach, Fla.

Smith started the afternoon by winning his first singles title of 2012 by beating former California standout Pedro Zerbini 6-2, 6-0 on the green clay of Florida. A few hours later, he hoisted the doubles trophy with fellow Tennessee All-American Ben Rogers after the pair rallied to beat fourth-seeded Ed Corrie and Vahid Mirzadeh 5-7, 6-1, [11-9] in the final.

Smith now has two professional singles titles and eight titles in doubles, including three on the Challenger circuit this year. He is currently ranked No. 337 in singles and No. 182 in doubles, but the 18 ATP singles points earned at Vero Beach should boost Smith into the top 300 in two weeks.

Former Vols Smith, Sandgren and Rhyne Williams have proven themselves winners on the pro circuit the last 11 months since launching their touring careers. Tennys Sandgren pulled off the singles and doubles sweep in the previous Futures stop on the USTA Pro Circuit, winning both trophies in Little Rock, Ark.

Since July 2011, the top three of the Vols' 2011 lineup -- Smith, Williams and Sandgren -- have combined for seven singles and 12 doubles titles on the pro tour. Sandgren leads the way with four singles titles and will be ranked in the top 350 in two weeks.

Smith, Sandgren and Rogers are continuing the USTA Pro Circuit next week with another $10,000 event on Florida clay, this one in Orange Beach. Smith should again be the No. 2 seed in singles and Sandgren should be seeded No. 3.

Rome 2 Challenger: Williams' final round qualifying match at the Rome Challenger was suspended because of rain Sunday. He was down a break 2-4 in the first set against Bastian Knettel.

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