June 17, 2016
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Virginia men’s tennis player Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) won the doubles title on Friday (June 17) at the Winston-Salem Futures, a $25,000 ITF Men’s Pro Circuit tournament, being held at the Wake Forest Tennis Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Kwiatkowski and his partner Jared Hiltzik, who graduated from Illinois last month, defeated Austin Smith and Dennis Uspensky 6-4, 6-2 in Friday’s final. The duo opened the tournament with a 6-0, 7-6 (3) victory over Hiltzik’s brother and Illini teammate, Aron Hiltzik, and Ezekiel Clark. The duo defeated Alex Kuznetsov and Rhyne Williams, 7-5, 6-3, in the quarterfinals before taking down top-seeded Peter Polansky and Eric Quigley, 6-1, 6-4, in the semis.
This is the second-straight doubles draw that Kwiatkowski has won at a professional tournament after winning the Charlottesville Futures doubles title last weekend alongside partner Mac Styslinger.
Fellow Cavalier Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.) also competed in the doubles main draw, partnering with LSU’s Justin Butsch to advance to the second round with a 6-7 (6), 6-2, 10-8 over Adam Eilliget and Korey Lovett before falling to second-seeded Brandon Anandan and Sekou Bangoura in the quarterfinals. Kwiatkowski also competed in the singles main draw, falling in the first round to eighth-seeded Dennis Nevolo, 6-2, 7-5. Corinteli advanced to the qualifying final, but did not make the main singles draw of the tournament.
The $25K Winston-Salem Futures is an ITF Men’s Circuit professional tennis tournament featuring some of the rising stars of the tennis world all looking to increase their ATP points and improve their world rankings while battling for a share of the prize money. The ITF Men’s Circuit offers 600+ tournaments spanning 77 countries that enable players to eventually reach the higher-level tournaments on the ATP World Tour.
The tournament was also part of the USTA Pro Circuit College Series, a circuit of more than 10 tournaments held on or near college campuses nationwide to provide a platform for college players to gain pro experience and earn the ATP or WTA ranking points needed to transition to the pro ranks. The Winston-Salem Futures was the second event of the Collegiate Series, following last week’s $25,000 Charlottesville Futures tournament.