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2015 Men’s Division I Bedford Cup

 

The players

photo by Linwood Ferguson during day 2 of event

The winners of the 2015 Men’s Intercollegiate Championships are:

Men’s Singles: Chase Perez Blanco, University of Florida
Men’s Doubles : Chase Perez Blanco and Josh Wardell, University of Florida

 

2013 Men’s Division I Bedford Cup

Check out the video from the 2013 Men’s Bedford Cup:

2nd Annual Men’s Division I Bedford Cup at University of Florida

All eleven NCAA Division I schools fielding men’s tennis teams in the State of Florida competed in the second annual Bedford Cup. The four-day tournament was hosted by the University of Florida at the Ring Tennis Complex on September 14-17, 2012.


USF Director of Tennis Don Barr (left) presents Sportsmanship Award to Julien Belair (UNF) while
TYF Board Member J. Webb Horton looks on

The Gators welcomed a total of 64 players from Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida State, Miami, North Florida, Stetson, Central Florida (UCF) and South Florida (USF), who competed in both singles and doubles.

Gordon Watson of the University of Florida won the singles title, while Andres Bucaro and Benjamin Lock of Florida State won the doubles championship.


2012 Bedford Cup winner Watson(UF) (left) RU Buerchner (UNF)

Watson, a redshirt freshman playing in the second tournament of his collegiate career, defeated North Florida’s Moritz Buerchner, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the singles final. Buerchner won the inaugural singles championship in 2011, which was held on the campus of USF. Next year’s event is scheduled to take place at Florida State University on a date which has yet to be determined.

Bucaro and Lock defeated Mike Alford and Florent Diep of the University of Florida, 8-5, to take the doubles title. Bucaro was the runner-up last year in the Division B singles championship.

With Watson’s win, the University of Florida will have the Bedford Cup in its possession until next year’s competition.

The Bedford Cup was created to feature the top collegiate men and women tennis players from all NCAA Division I tennis programs in the state of the Florida. The Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida sponsored the event with moneys donated by the Edward T. Bedford Foundation. The inaugural women’s event is to take place later in the fall at USF from November 2-4, 2012. Twelve teams have committed to compete in the tournament, including several players from the University of Florida’s 2011 National Championship team.

Inaugural State of Florida Men’s Intercollegiate Championships a Success


TAMPA- Seven of Florida’s twelve Division I schools competed in the inaugural State of Florida Men’s Tennis Championships held at the University of South Florida’s campus in September 2011. The winner of the event was Moritz Buerchner from the University of North Florida, (shown above).

Florida State, Miami, UCF, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Atlantic, North Florida, and USF competed in Tampa over the span of four days at the USF Tennis facility. In addition to the Division A singles, there was a Division B singles event and a doubles event as well. It was an individual competition, though, and no team title was awarded.



Wael Kilani from USF was the Division A singles runner-up. Leonardo Nahar of UNF captured the Division B title with a win in a tough three-set battle over FSU’s Andres Bucaro. The score of that match was 1-6, 6-4 (10-8). On the doubles side, it was the duo of Mitch Thams and Juan Bolona from UCF that came up with the title. They beat out Wael Kilani and Federico Sabogal from USF 8-4.

The North Florida coaching staff and team left Tampa and headed back to Jacksonville with the Bedford Cup trophy. The trophy will be in their possession for an entire year until next year’s tournament. The Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida sponsored the event, with moneys donated by the Edward T. Bedford Foundation. YTF Board of Director and current Florida Gulf Coast University Assistant Director of Community Outreach, J. Webb Horton was the catalyst to making the event happen. He was the coach of the Men’s team at FGCU for the past ten years.

Tournament director and head coach from USF, Don Barr, thought the tournament was a great success and is excited for the future of collegiate tennis in the state of Florida.

“Next year the hope is to have not only men compete in the tournament, and that all twelve teams compete, but also the women.” said Barr. “This tournament was a great experience for all of my players and all of the other men who competed. It was good for college tennis in the state. We were proud to have been able to host this event and we thank the Youth Tennis Foundation and the Bedford Foundation for their support.”

Written by Kelsie Eberly, Sports Information Department, University of South Florida.

 

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