Romanian tennis player Horia Tecau has been designated Athele of the Week on RRI for playing in the men's doubles finals at the ATP tournament in Sydney.
Last weekend, the pair made up of Romanian tennis player Horia Tecau and Max Mirnii of Belarus got as far as the doubles finals of the ATP tournament held in Sydney, Australia. Totalling 436.630 dollars in prize money, the competition was the last highlight in men’s tennis before the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of theyear.
Unfortunately, Tecau and Mirnii admitted defeat to US twins Bob and Mike Bryan, final score 6-4, 6-4. Seeded first in the competition and ranking first in the world doubles rankings, the US pair claimed victory after one hour and 7 minutes of play, admittedly in front of two players that had played few matches together.
For his remarkable performance in Sydney, we have designated Horica Tecau Athlete of the Week on RRI.
At present, Tecau is 8th seeded in world doubles rankings. Throughout his career he has won 13 doubles tournaments, 10 of which alongside Robert Lindstedt of Sweden, in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2010, Horia also won the tennis tournament in Auckland alongside Marcus Daniell of New Zealand, then in 2011 the doubles finals of the Acapulco tournament alongside his fellow countryman Victor Hanescu and the Zagreb tournament alongside Dick Norman of Belgium. Last year in the mixed doubles compeitition Tecau won the finals together with Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States.
Tecau has also played in another 11 doubles finals which he lost. Three of them were at Wimbledon, alongside Lindstedt.
Let us also note that the pair Tecau-Mirnii has been seeded fourth in the men’s doubles competition at the Australian Open. In the opening round they will take on the pair made up of Treat Conrad Huey of the Phillipines and Dominic Inglot of the United Kingdom.