July 1, 2011
In his first doubles tournament as a professional, John-Patrick Smith walked away a winner.
Smith and former Tennessee All-American Ben Rogers won four matches during the week and took the doubles title Friday at the PressEx Print Open in Innisbrook, Fla.
Smith and Rogers capped their tournament run by defeating recently crowned NCAA doubles champions, Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo of Texas A&M, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the final.
The closest match for the former Vol duo came in the semifinals Thursday, where Smith and Rogers rallied to beat fellow Vol Rhyne Williams and Southern California's Ray Sarmiento 2-6, 7-6 (6), [10-7].
"It was good getting used to each other but a lot of fun," said Smith, who was named SEC Male Athlete of the Year on Tuesday. "We didn't play our best tennis, but we know we will get better the more we play and get a feel for each other."
In singles, Williams advanced to the semifinals on Friday by quickly getting past Oleg Dmitriev, a qualifier from Russia, 6-0, 6-3.
Williams now faces Daniel Kosakowski, who finished his freshman year at UCLA last season before turning pro in June. Williams defeated Kosakowski 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in February.
The next stop for Smith and Rogers is the Futures pro circuit event in Tulsa, Okla., which begins July 18.
The tournament is being played at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on Tulsa's campus, the courts where Smith won the singles and doubles titles at the ITA All-American Championships in 2009.
PressEx Print Open
Doubles Main Draw
Round of 16: John-Patrick Smith (AUS)/Ben Rogers (USA) def. Michael Murray (USA)/Kent Wright (USA), 6-2, 6-0
Quarterfinals: Smith/Rogers def. Daniel Kosakowski (USA)/Marcin Kosakowski (USA), 6-3, 6-4
Semifinals: Smith/Rogers def. Rhyne Williams (USA)/Ray Sarmiento (USA), 2-6, 7-6 (6), [10-7]
Final: Smith/Rogers def. Austin Krajicek (USA)/Jeff Dadamo (USA), 7-6 (3), 6-3