South African tennis ‘veteran’ Rik de Voest has played his way to a doubles title in Italy, writes Mark Etheridge.
Playing with Slovakian partner Karol Beck, the pair beat Rameez Junaid and Michael Kohlmann in straight sets.
They beat the Australian/German combination, seeded third for the E64,000 Sparkasse Challenger tournament in Ortisei, 6-3 6-4.
Victory meant that De Voest moved up 13 places to 125th in the ATP doubles rankings and he picked up E1,975 for his spoils.
Meanwhile it has been announced that Cliff Drysdale, Wayne Ferreira and Frew McMillan are the three South African recipients of the Davis Cup Commitment Award being presented by the ITF to players who have shown long-standing dedication to representing their country in this prestigious competition.
Each Award recipient has competed in a minimum of 20 home or away ties or 50 ties at any level of the competition (including Zone Group Events) over their career.
The Award was conceived as part of the ITF’s 2013 Centenary celebrations and will be launched at the 100th Davis Cup Final later this year. Initially 299 players met the criteria with awards presented throughout 2013. All recipients are recognised on an honours board at the ITF headquarters and in a dedicated section on the official Davis Cup website.