It was another strong week on the pro tour for players with college ties. John Peers (Baylor '11) and Treat Huey (Virginia '08) won ATP doubles titles in Washington D.C. and Los Cabos respectively, Abigail Spears (UCLA '00*) won a doubles title at the Bank of the West in Stanford, and 13 others won at the Futures level. There were three singles titles won by players with college ties while another three finished as runner-up including Kevin Anderson (Illinois '07*) who lost in the finals of the ATP 500 in Washington D.C.
Joao Monteiro (Virginia Tech '16) won his third singles title of the year, fourth career, with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Javier Marti at the $25K Portugal F14 Futures in Porto. Monteiro only dropped one set on the week and with the win the Portugal native picked up 27 ATP points which will move him up to a new career high of around 308 when the points are added in next week. Monteiro is now 45-15 on the year and he's made it to at least the semifinals in 10 of 18 tournaments that he's played.
Virginia senior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski got an early Christmas present on Saturday when he won his first career pro singles title at the $10K Mayaguez, Puerto Rico F1 Futures with a straight set win over 22 year-old American Alexios Halebian. Kwiatkowski broke Halebian four times in a 33-minute first set which Thai-Son took 6-1. After the second set began with nine consecutive holds, Kwiatkowski broke Halebian at love to close out the match 6-1, 6-4 in 1 hour and 23 minutes. Kwiatkowski won 30 of 40 (.75) points on serve and 33 of 62 (.53) points on Halebian's serve. Kwiatkowski entered the week with an ATP ranking of 675 and when these 18 points are added in next week he should move up to a career high of around 573.