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May 18, 2020  Bradenton, Florida

Inspiration Academy held its first UTR tournament since the outbreak of the global pandemic this past weekend. The tournament had a different look from the ones in the past. No spectators were allowed inside the facilities, no players sharing benches, daily temperature testing for players, and each player serving with different balls were a few adaptations to make sure the players remained safe. Despite the changes, there was still a great turnout of about 50 players competing in a ton of competitive matches.

On the men’s side, Matthew Segura came out victorious for the second straight tournament at Inspiration Academy. He came into the tournament as the number two seed and defending champion. Matthew won his first two matches just dropping one game in four sets on Saturday. On Sunday, he came up against a tough opponent in Huzaifa Abdul Rehman. Segura had to come from a set down in his semifinal match to reach the final against the number one seed Chad Kissell. The highly anticipated final was between the number 1 and 2 seeds, Chad Kissell and Matthew Segura. Segura took the first set 7-6 in a tiebreak. Chad came roaring back immediately to win the second set 7-5 but then Segura turned things around again to win the third set tiebreaker 10-6 and was crowned the champion for the weekend.

On the ladies’ side, Sofia Rojas of Inspiration Academy was the winner of the tournament. She came into the weekend as the number two seed behind the number one seed Anastasia Syseova who is ranked 845 in the world in the women’s professional circuit. Sofia won her first three matches all in straight sets before reaching the final against Anastasia. Syseova took the first set 6-4 in a roller coaster set. Sofia came marching back in the second set with and early break and went on to win that set 6-3. With both players at one set a piece, the match was to be decided in a third set tiebreaker. Syseova quickly took the first three points of the breaker and then Rojas came back to win of the next 12 points to take the tiebreaker 10-5 and the match 4-6 6-3 10-5.

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