Athlete of the Week - Tennis player Horia Tecau

athlete of the week - tennis player horia tecau Horia Tecau has won a new title

Romanian tennis player Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands on Sunday won the doubles final of the ATP tournament in Basel, Switzerland, totaling some 2 million euros in prize money. They defeated 7-5, 6-3 the US pair Taylor Fritz / Reilly Opelka. Seeded fourth, Tecau and Rojer grabbed the win in only 69 minutes. This is their best performance in Basel, where they played the semi-finals twice, in 2015 and 2016. Also worth noting is that the Romanian-Dutch pair held serve all throughout the game, saving three break points. For their win, Tecau and Rojer were awarded a 135-thousand-euro check and 500 ATP points. In the world doubles standings, they each climbed 8 spots, now ranking 13 and 14, respectively. Tecau and Rojer have also secured qualification to the ATP Race to London, now ranking 5th. The 2019 ATP Finals will kick off in London next month, bringing together the top 8 players in the men's singles and the top men's doubles pairs.

For his remarkable performance, we have designated Horia Tecau Athlete of the Week on RRI.

Horia Tec─âu was born in Brasov on January 19, 1985. He has been playing tennis since he was 7. In 2002, Tecau was a juniors' men's doubles champion in Wimbledon, jointly with Florin Mergea. Horia Tecau turned pro in 2003. Since July 2008, Tecau has been placed among the world's top 100 tennis players in the doubles rankings, and among the world's top 50, since 2009. Horia Tecau then had a constant upward trend in the world's doubles rankings, reaching as far as the 2nd-place, a position he held in November 2015, when he won the Champions Tournament in London, jointly with his Dutch teammate, Jean-Julien Rojer. The final played in Basel was the 58th of his career. He has won 37 finals and lost 21.

(Translated by V. Palcu)
Publicat: 2019-10-29 13:45:00
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