DURHAM, NC – Following the conclusion of the 2012-13 campaign, which saw the Duke men’s tennis program reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship for the second consecutive year, several Blue Devils have continued their success on the courts over the summer.
Rising junior Jason Tahir has enjoyed a successful summer, playing to an 18-4 singles record and an 8-4 doubles mark in Futures events. The Rochester, N.Y., product advanced to the finals at the USA F18 Futures tournament in Pittsburgh, Pa., before falling in three sets to third-seeded Michael Shabaz in the final, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. In addition, Tahir paired with rising senior Chris Mengel in the doubles draw and the tandem advanced to the final, before falling to Marcos Giron and Connor Smith, 6-3, 6-3.
After advancing through the qualifying rounds at the USA F16 Futures tournament in Amelia Island, Fla., in June, Tahir reached the semifinals of the event, before falling to Jamere Jenkins, 6-3, 6-2. Tahir also advanced to the quarterfinals in the singles draw at the USA F17 Futures tournament in his hometown event in Rochester, N.Y., June 25-30.
With his strong summer, Tahir has vaulted to a No. 796 world ranking in singles, becoming the third highest ranked American player currently in collegiate tennis.
Rising sophomore Michael Redlicki has been successful throughout the summer when partnering with Tahir. The pair reached the doubles semifinal at the USA F15 Futures tournament in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., in June. The following week the pair reached their second consecutive semifinal at the USA F16 Futures tournament in Amelia Island, Fla.
Rising sophomore Daniel McCall won the Laguna Niguel summer circuit singles title in Southern California July 7. He was the tournament’s No. 2 seed and defeated fourth-seeded Jacob Johnson of UC Santa Barbara in the final, 6-3, 6-3. After receiving a bye in the Round of 64, McCall earned five consecutive straight set victories on the way to the title.
Incoming freshman TJ Pura reached the doubles quarterfinal at the USA F15 Futures tournament in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., with partner Deiton Baughman, before falling to Redlicki and Tahir, 7-6 (7), 3-6.