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Men's Bedford Cup

The Bedford Cup was created to feature the top collegiate men's tennis players from all NCAA Division I tennis programs in the state of the Florida. The Youth Tennis Foundation (YTF) of Florida sponsors and runs the event with funds donated by the Edward T. Bedford Foundation. All the teams have to do is get to the event. YTF takes care of all lodging, food and tournament needs for the players. Seven of Florida's D I Men's teams competed in the inaugural tournament in 2011, including several players from the University of Florida's 2011 National Championship team.

2023 Men's Bedford Cup

The 2023 Men's Bedford Cup event was held on the weekend of Sept. 22-24 at the USTA National Campus hosted by UCF. Andy Gladstone was the tournament director.

UCF, Stetson, Florida Gulf Coast, UNF, UF, and FAMU competed at the event. Miami, FSU, and USF were unable to play this year due to a scheduling conflict. This event began in 2011 and has been held at different schools over the ensuing thirteen years, except for the Covid year.

The Florida tennis team claimed a pair of tournament wins in the Bedford Cup at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Fla. on Sunday, Sept. 24. Sophomores Tanapatt Nirundorn and Borys Zgola earned the doubles championship, topping North Florida's duo of Breno Marques and Andreas Scott, 6-4. The Florida duo finished with a 3-0 record over the weekend after a pair of victories on Friday.

In singles play, Florida teammates Olek Orlikowski and Magnus Johnson met in the singles final, with Orlikowski prevailing. Both Gators won three matches between Friday and Saturday to set up Sunday's Orange and Blue clash. Johnson battled to two three-set wins in Saturday's quarterfinals and semifinals, while Orlikowski posted a 4-0 singles record at the event without dropping a set.

Jan Magnus Johnson, won the Sportsmanship Award, named in honor of Doug Barr, son of the former USF coach, Don Barr.

2022 Men's Bedford Cup

During the weekend of November 4-6, the Men's Bedford Cup took place at FSU's Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center. The tournament had full singles and doubles draws with players participating from FSU, USF, FAU, FGCU, Stetson, and Troy.

In the main draw final, Jamie Connel (FSU) defeated last year's champion, Kevin Huempfner (FAU) by the score 6-2, 7-6. FAU also appeared in the doubles final with a pro set 8-7 (7-4) win over USF.


The YTF, celebrating its 60th anniversary of supporting youth and college tennis in the state of Florida, was proud once again, in partnership with the Bedford Foundation, to sponsor the event for the 10th consecutive year. The Bedford Cup continues to be a favorite of the players/coaches and a highlight on the fall calendar.

2021 Men's Bedford Cup

Following a year's absence due to Covid, the Men's Division I Bedford Cup was held October 8-10, 2021 at Florida State University (FSU). Strong play and beautiful weather made for a great weekend of tennis. Compass draws were used in both the singles and doubles which allowed most players at least three matches. Six schools participated this year including host FSU, Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), Stetson University (Stet), University of South Florida (USF), University of North Florida (UNF) and Florida Atlantic University (FAU).

Tournament Director Lyn Bruner was joined by YTF President, Ed Jagger, on Saturday and Sunday to participate in the festivities and present awards. Bedford Cup has come back strong after the Covid Year of 2020.

Play was conducted in two flights of singles and doubles. Results were as follows:

A Singles - Kevin Huempfner (FAU) def Antonio Muniz-Hidalgo (5-8) (USF) 7/6(4), 6/4

Flight A Singles winner, Kevin Huempfner (FAU).

A Doubles - Maks Silagy/Joshua Dous Karpenschief (FSU) def Rodrigo Crespo/Jonas Hartenstein (UNF) 7/6(7)

Flight A Doubles Winners, Maks Silagy (left) and Johsua Dous Karpenscheif (FSU)

B Singles - Bruno Oliveira (USF) def Alexandre (3) (Stet) 6/3 7/5

Flight B Singles winner, Bruno Oliveira (USF).

B Doubles - Sergio Gomez-Montesa/Alvin Tudorica (1) (USF) def Andreja Petrovic/Richard Thongoana (2) (FSU) 7/5

Flight B Doubles Winners, Sergio Gomez-Montesa (left) and Alvin Tudorica (USF)

2019 Men's Bedford Cup

Tallahassee, Fla. - The Florida State men's tennis team hosted the 2019 Bedford Cup October 11-13, 2019 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The Seminoles hosted nine of the Division I tennis teams in the state of Florida, including Bethune-Cookman BC), Florida A&M (FAM), North Florida (UNF), South Florida (USF), Florida Atlantic (FAU), Central Florida (UCF), Florida Gulf Coast (FGCU), Stetson (STE), and Florida (UF). For complete draws and results, click here.

In the Men's A Singles final, Andy Andrade (UF) def. Chase Ferguson (USF) 2-6, 6-2, 10-8. FSU's Bryn Nahrung and Richard Thongoana def. UCF's Bogdan Pavel and Mikhail Sokolovskiy 8- 4 for the Men's A Doubles title.

A Singles Winner, Andy Andrade (UF).jpg

A Singles Winner Andy Andrade (UF) and Finalist Chase Ferguson (USF)

A Doubles Winners Richard Thongoana (left), Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist,and Nryn Nahrung (FSU)

A Doubles Finalists Mikhail Sokolovskiy (left) and Bogdan Pavel (UCF)

In the Men's B Singles final, Greysen Cacciatore (UF) def. Christian Mills (STE) 6-2, 6-1. Carter Bradford and Felikas Sakalauskas (FGCU) def. Tim Gennes and Christian Mills (STE) 8- 4 for the Men's B Doubles title.

B Singles Winner Greysen Cacciatore (UF).jpg

B Singles and Doubles Finalist Christian Mills (STE)

B Doubles Winner Felifsas Sakalauskas (FGCU)

B Doubles Finalist Tim Gennes (STE)

2015 Men's Division I Bedford Cup

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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