Following the ATP World Tour Finals victory, a first in the history of Romanian tennis, we have designated Horia Tecau 'Athlete of the Week on RRI'.
For the first time in the history of
tennis, a Romanian tennis player ranks first in the ATP doubles standings. We
are referring to Horia Tecau, who this weekend won the doubles event at the ATP
World Tour Finals held in London, together with Jean-Julien Rojer of the
Netherlands. Following this win, the two now rank first in doubles standings,
and for this remarkable achievement we have designated Horia Tecau Athlete of
the Week on RRI.
Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Rojer
are the first pair since the beginnings of this competition, back in 1986, to
win the ATP World Tour Finals without losing a single set throughout the
tournament. In London, they were drawn into the Fleming / McEnroe group, which
they won easily, with three surefire wins.
semi-finals they eased past Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States, the twin
brothers who dominated doubles competitions over the last 10 years.
The doubles event of the ATP World
Tour Finals marked another first for Romanian tennis. For the first time two
Romanians went up against each other. Tecau and Rojer played Florin Mergea of
Romania and Rohan Bopanna of India, a pair that had an impressive run this
season. In the final the two did little to withstand the stellar performance of
Tecau and Rojer, who won 6-4, 6-3.
The Romanian-Dutch pair therefore ends the
2015 season with 48 wins and 21 losses on their record sheet. So far the two
have won 11 ATP titles together, of which three this year, including their
first win in a Grand Slam tournament, at Wimbledon, where they defeated Jamie
Murray of Great Britain and John Peers of Australia.
Horia Tecau was born on January 19,
1985 in Brasov, central Romania. He has been playing tennis since the age of 7.
In 2002 he was world champion in the under-21 doubles event at Wimbledon,
alongside his opponent in the ATP World doubles final, Florin Mergea. He turned
pro in 2003.