Aug. 9, 2013
Junior Mikelis Libietis closed out his summer tennis schedule Friday by winning his second ITF Futures doubles title in the last month.
Libietis and doubles partner Oskars Vaskis made good on their fourth match point to secure a 6-7 (3), 6-3, [12-10] victory over second-seeded Kirill Dmitriev and Luca Margoli to win the doubles title at the Nordea Mens Futures in Jurmala, Latvia.
Libietis also played in the singles semifinals, where he lost to Italian Giammarco Micolani in a three-hour thriller 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (7).
The tournament ended a strong month for Libietis on the red clay of eastern Europe. He won two doubles titles and his first career singles title on the ITF Futures Circuit. His other doubles title came with UT incoming freshman Markus Kerner of Estonia.
When the ranking points are added, Libietis will move into the top 700 in the ATP World Rankings in singles first time and the top 800 in doubles. He put together a 12-3 singles record and went 9-2 in doubles over four tournaments.
Libietis established himself as one of the top players in college tennis as a sophomore last season. He earned SEC Player of the Year honors while helping lead the Vols back into the national top 10 and a place in the NCAA quarterfinals. He became the first player in UT history to simultaneously hold the No. 1 collegiate ranking in both singles and doubles and figures to be one of the top players in the preseason fall rankings, which are released in mid-September.