Bulls Duo Wins Pro Title
TAMPA (May 7, 2017) – Senior Sasha Gozun and sophomore Alberto Barroso-Campos won the doubles title at the ITF Futures Tour Tampa event Friday. This is the first professional tour title for Gozun and second for Barroso-Campos, who together hold the top doubles position on a Bulls squad which will compete in the NCAA Tournament beginning next Friday against Duke.
Gozun graduated from USF earlier that morning, and was also named American Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Year last week.
“Walking across the stage at graduation just a few hours before winning my first pro title definitely made it a memorable day,” said Gozun, “I guess you can say it didn't take me long to use my training at USF to find success in the professional world.”
Gozun and Barroso-Campos are the fourth and fifth players in Bulls history to win titles on the professional circuit. In 2015, former Bulls Roberto Cid (currently ranked 480 in the world) and Dominic Cotrone won ITF Futures event singles and doubles titles, respectively. Mark Keil was the first USF player to win a professional title, accomplishing that in 1992. ITF Futures events generally have total prize money ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 with players competing mostly to earn ATP world rankings. Competing in professional tour events is a staple of the USF Men's Tennis program.
“Our program is a vessel to the pro tour and it's encouraging and validating to see results like this,” said head coach Ashley Fisher, who once ranked 19 in the world in doubles. “I'm really excited for Sasha and Alberto. Winning a tournament at the professional level shows they are on track to achieve their goals of making a career on the ATP World Tour.”
The Tampa Futures event is held annually at Harbour Island Athletic Club and this year featured players ranked as high as 383 in the world. Gozun and Barroso-Campos defeated top-seeded Americans Connor Smith and Rhyne Williams 6-4, 6-2 in the final.
In addition to competing in the NCAA Team Tournament, Gozun was selected to compete in the NCAA Singles Tournament. As a pair, they were named to the All-Conference team after going 13-5 this year for USF.
“We are happy because we played great during the whole week,” said Barroso-Campos. “We know we are a dangerous team.
Be sure to follow USF men's tennis on social media (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram) and visit GoUSFBulls.com for the most up-to-date information. Head coach Ashley Fisher will begin his first year at the helm of the program for the 2017 season after serving as an assistant coach in 2016. The USF men's tennis program has won three consecutive American Athletic Conference Championships and advanced to three straight NCAA tournaments.
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