Former Tulsa Men's Tennis Standouts Gray and Connelly Earn Triumph Over Ranked Foes at Oklahoma City Futures Tournament
April 9, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -
Former Tulsa standouts Will Gray and Andy Connelly defeated Matt Reid and Luke Saville, both ranked in the ATP top 350, in doubles competition during the first round of Oklahoma City Futures Tournament at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
Gray and Connelly defeated the Aussie duo, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), to move onto the second round of the tournament. Reid has a current singles rankings of 226 and a doubles ranking of 150, while Saville is ranked 336 in singles and 587 in doubles.
This marks the third year that the Oklahoma City Tennis Center has hosted the futures tournament, and it has a 15,000 dollar purse.
Gray, a native of Tulsa, is sixth in school history with 87 career wins in singles competition. Gray was named to the Conference USA Second-Team twice during his career, and was a four-year letter winner.
"Andy and I had a good day," Gray commented." We played well against Saville and Reid, who were the tournament's No. 4 seed. Andy hasn't play a competitive match since 2008, and he played like the guy that he was in 2008 when he was ranked in the top-5 in the nation in doubles. It was a good day."
Connelly, a native of Oklahoma City, was an All-American at Tulsa as he teamed up with Ross Cunningham to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships in 2008. The TU tandem was ranked as high as fifth nationally during the 2008 campaign.
"It was great to get back on the court," Connelly stated. "It felt good, and we had fun out there competitive. Once I was done with the NCAA Championship in 2008, I turned my attention away from tennis. I'm thankful for the teachings of Vince Westbrook and it was a first class experience playing at The University of Tulsa."
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