DURHAM, N.C. – Former Blue Devils Henrique Cunha and Torsten Wietoska continue to move up in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and International Tennis Federation (ITF) rankings after traveling across the globe for tournaments this spring.
Henrique Cunha (2013) – ATP Challenger Tour/ITF Futures
Current Singles Ranking: 466 l Current Doubles Ranking: 662
After capturing the first singles and doubles titles of his professional career last summer, Cunha has remained active in tournaments both in the United States and overseas, moving up significantly in the world rankings. Duke’s all-time wins leader in singles and doubles, Cunha advanced to the quarterfinals of the singles main draw at the Morelos Challenger in Morelos, Mexico in late February. The Jaú, Brazil native also paired with Dennis Novikov, a former UCLA Bruin, to reach the semifinals of the doubles main draw at the USA F8 Futures in Bakersfield, Calif. The duo cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Michael Noel and Henry Pfister in the quarterfinals before suffering a tough 6-4, 4-6, 8-10 loss to Sekou Bangoura and Evan King. Since then, Cunha has traveled to Guadeloupe and Calabasas, Calif., playing his way into the singles quarterfinals at the USA F9 Futures last month.
Torsten Wietoska (2012) – ATP Challenger Tour/ITF Futures
Current Singles Ranking: 642 l Current Doubles Ranking: 502
Wietoska also continues to make strides in the world rankings, excelling in both singles and doubles play this spring. The 2012 Duke graduate and Leer, Germany native teamed up with Tom Kocevar-Desman of Slovenia to reach the doubles final at the Canada F2 Futures last month in Sherbrooke, Canada, topping Belgium’s Germain Gigounon and Olivier Rochus, 6-4, 2-6, 10-5 in the semifinals. Wietoska and Kocevar-Desman also advanced to the doubles championship match at the Greece F4 Futures last week before falling to Marek Jaloviec and Vaclav Safranek of the Czech Republic. In singles, Wietoska played his way into the quarterfinals of the singles main draw at the Canada F1 Futures in early March and has compiled a 5-4 record so far this year in ATP and ITF pro circuit play.