ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE, Luxembourg – Virginia men’s tennis rising senior Chris Rodesch (Angelsburg, Luxmbourg) won the doubles title at the ITF World Tennis Tour 25K clay court tournament on Friday (July 14) in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg.
Rodesch and his partner Alex Knaff repeated as tournament champions having won the doubles draw at this same tournament in 2022. It was their third overall ITF World Tennis Tour title after also winning at the 15K in Duffel, Belgium last year. The two are also Davis Cup teammates and doubles partners while representing their home nation of Luxembourg.
The duo won a pair of tiebreakers to decide their sets in their opening match before downing a duo from the Netherlands in the quarterfinal. A 6-2, 6-3 in the semis put them in the final where they faced Greek brothers Dimiris and Stefanos Sakellaridis, winning 6-3, 6-4 to take the title. The Sakellaridis brothers were the runners-up last week at the 25K tournament in Getxo, Spain, falling against Wahoo Iñaki Montes and his doubles partner Alex Martinez in the final.
Rodesch also played in the singles draw, advancing to the semifinals. He opened the tournament with a win against the tournament’s No. 3 seed, Leonardo Aboian of Argentina, who ranks No. 489 in the world. He saved two match points in the quarterfinals against No. 547 Federico Agustin Gomez to win 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 before being edged 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 in the semis by Marlon Vankan.
Rodesch is playing in another 25K tournament in this same location starting Monday, July 17.