The Challenger of Dallas was held during the week of February 2nd – 9th at TBar M Tennis Club in Dallas, Texas. It was the 15th year that TBar M has hosted the event. The tournament is the largest men’s pro tennis event in North Texas. It’s an indoor event and is rated as one of the best circuit events by the United States Tennis Association.
Over the last several years during the Challenger event, I have lived at TBar M watching many of the singles and doubles matches. Some of the best professional tennis matches that I have ever seen have been played at the Challenger of Dallas.
Because of a very busy schedule, I was only able to make it up to the event at the last minute to watch the singles & doubles championship. I was very bummed out that I wasn’t able to see more matches.
It was very exciting to watch Robby Ginepri and up & coming 21-year old Rhyne Williams (ranked 159 on the ATP tour) play each other in the singles championship. Robby was the highest ranked in the singles draw. It was a great match with Rhyne Williams beating Robby (7-5, 6-3). This was Rhyne’s first professional singles title! Rhyne’s ranking will definitely be moving up!
In the doubles final, it was Tennys Sandgren / Rhyne Williams (yes, Rhyne again) versus Mischa Zcerev (represents German, but now lives in the Dallas area) / Alex Kuznetsonv. The match was an increditably intense tight match. Zcerev and Kuznetsonv won it (6-4, 6-7(4), 10-5)!
Rhyne had a chance to become the first player in the tournament’s 15-year history to win both the singles and doubles. At the end, Rhyne became the third player in the tournament history to be a champion and finalist in both singles and doubles. Congratulations Rhyne Williams!
Rhyne Williams – 2013 Challenger of Dallas Singles Champion