Lazarov Grabs $1000 One-On-One Doubles Shootout at HCC

Tournament finalists Reinaldo Valor and Konstantin Lazarov having a quick volley exchange.

Konstantin Lazarov, of Tampa, Fl., captured the One-On-One Doubles Tennis Shootout held at the HCC Tennis Complex in Tampa, Fl. on Saturday, Nov. 7th.

Lazarov, NAIA National Doubles Champion and NAIA All-American for 3 years at Embry Riddle University, won 4 matches in route to the championship.

Lazarov defeated Reinaldo Valor, former N.C. State standout, 6-4 in the finals.

All matches were one set matches played in the no-ad format with a 12-point tiebreaker played at 5 all.

The 4-hour tournament was played to Rockin' Blues music. There was a concert afterparty performed by two-time, IBC (International Blues Challenge) Winner, The Joey Gilmore Band.

All matches were one set matches played in the no-ad format with a 12-point tiebreaker played at 5 all.

The 4-hour tournament was played to Rockin' Blues music. There was a concert afterparty performed by two-time, IBC (International Blues Challenge) Winner, The Joey Gilmore Band.

"HCC has never quite experienced an atmosphere like the one created by this One-On-One Doubles Tennis and Rockin' Blues event. The tennis was competitive, the live band was phenominal and everyone was having a great time. It is hard to beat great music and seeing players get to the net to volley! This was an event that every tennis player should experience," stated Chad Berryhill, coach of the HCC Women's Tennis Team and 2008 National JUCO Champions.

TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Round of 16:
Michael-Ray Pallares def. John Ho, 6-3; Michael-John Avery def. Kyle Staton, def.; Brian Kowalski def. David Shaw, 6-3; Konstantin Lazarov def. Jay Evans, 6-0; Reinaldo Valor def. Garret Betsarakis, 6-4; Claudio Diaz def. Dave Freiman, 6-1; Hector Arroyo def. Jeff Greene, 6-1; Luis Patino def. Ben Kronk, 6-3

Quarterfinals:
Pallares def. Avery, 6-3; Lazarov def. Kowalski, 6-4; Valor def. Diaz, 6-3; Patino def. Arroyo, 6-2

Semifinals:
Lazarov def. Pallares, 6-4
Valor def. Patino, 6-5(7-5)

Finals: Lazarov def. Valor, 6-4


Tournament finalists Reinaldo Valor and Konstantin Lazarov having a quick volley exchange.


One-on-One Doubles Founder, Ed Krass, with finalist Reinaldo Valor (left) and champion Konstantin Lazarov.


Legendary Bluesman Joey Gilmore performs at the One-on-One Doubles and Rockin' Blues tournament in Tampa.
"One-on-One Doubles will infuse passion back into doubles and serve and volley play. It's a return to the glory days of our sport -- an avenue for junior, college, and recreational players to embrace the tactical advantages of attacking the net and serve-and-volleying." - Billy Pate, Head Men's Coach, University of Alabama
"I use one-on-one doubles before tournaments to keep my strokes sharp and stay fit. It makes practice fun and exciting." - Derek Brooks, USTA National Doubles Champion, Men's Open, Men's 25s & Men's 30s
 
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