ISTANBUL, TURKEY – Former Duke men’s tennis standout Henrique Cunha captured the singles and doubles titles at the Turkey F27 Futures tournament, which concluded Sunday. The victories marked Cunha’s first titles as a professional in just his second start since beginning his pro career.
Cunha teamed with American Chris Cooprider, former men’s tennis standout at UNC Wilmington, to capture the doubles title Saturday over Turkish wild card team of Sefa Suluoglo and Barkin Yalcinkale, 6-3, 6-1. In the semifinal round, Cunha and Cooprider upset the tournament’s top-seed Sam Barry of Ireland and Jaime Pulgar-Garcia of Spain in straight sets, 6-2. 6-4. The tournament marked Cunha’s debut in doubles as a professional.
En route to capturing the singles title, Cunha had to come from behind in his semifinal match against Ireland’s No. 3 seed Barry, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5), and again in Sunday’s championship match against No. 5 seed Enzo Couacaud of France 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. Throughout the singles competition, Cunha defeated a seeded player in each of his five matches, including a straight set win over top-seeded Jules Marie, 6-2, 6-1, in the opening round.
Overall, Cunha now owns two futures singles and doubles titles. Last summer, Cunha teamed with current Duke rising sophomore Bruno Semenzato to win the Brazil F13 Futures doubles title. A product of Jaú, Brazil, Cunha captured his first singles title in a pro event at the 2008 Brazil F25 Futures.
A four-time collegiate All-American, Cunha completed his Duke career as the record holder in singles (151) and doubles (147) victories. He is just the fourth player in program history to win 100 matches in singles and doubles. The 2010 and 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, Cunha became the first Blue Devil to win the award two times during his career. In addition, he was named to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Doubles Team of the Year in 2010 with former Blue Devil Reid Carleton and 2013 with rising junior Raphael Hemmeler.