Jan. 8, 2013
Site: Key Biscayne, Fla. (Tennis Center at Crandon Park)
Event: Key Biscayne Individuals
U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 19 -- vs. TCU (Varsity Tennis Center), 6 p.m.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team concluded play at the Key Biscayne Individuals on Tuesday (Jan. 8) at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park. In round-robin competition against No. 23 Texas, No. 24 LSU and No. 54 Denver, the Wolverines posted a combined 11-10 singles record and went 4-6 in doubles over the three-day event.
Senior Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) was crowned the event's individual champion after posting a 3-0 record at the No. 1 singles position and a 2-1 mark at the top of the doubles lineup. King clinched the individual title by earning a 6-1, 6-4 decision over Texas' Sudanwa Sitaram on Tuesday. He opened the event with a pair of singles wins, including a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Denver's No. 47-ranked Enej Bonin.
King also claimed a pair of doubles decisions, teaming with junior Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) to defeat the Texas tandem of Chris Camillone and David Holiner, 8-5, before earning an 8-5 win over the LSU pair of Chris Simpson and Stefan Szacinski.
Buzzi, junior Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') and sophomore Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National) each posted 2-1 records in the singles competition. Buzzi earned victories over LSU's Harrison Kennedy, 6-1, 6-2, and Denver's Max Krammer, 6-2, 6-4, while Franks rallied to win over LSU's Boris Arias on the opening day (Sunday, Jan. 6) before picking up a 5-4 (retired) decision over Denver's No.77-ranked Fabio Biasion. Zhu won his final two singles matches of the event, posting a 7-6 (10), 6-0 win over Denver's Alex Clinkenbeard on Monday (Jan. 7) before notching a come-from-behind 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Texas' Ben Chen on Tuesday.
The Wolverines open the dual match season at home on Saturday, Jan. 19, as they welcome TCU to the Varsity Tennis Center. The match will begin at 6 p.m.
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