Written by Phil Cerroni
By Phil Cerroni
Jurgen Melzer came away with the championship at the 2013 Dallas Tennis Classic by defeating USA’s Denis Kudla, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1. Melzer was actually the first winner of the BMW Tennis Championship, the precursor of the Dallas Tennis Classic, held in Sunrise, FL in 2004.
Although Melzer virtually dominated the final match, 20 year old Croat-American Denis Kudla fought his way from the general qualifying rounds to the final match.
Besides carrying the championship in men’s singles, Melzer won the doubles title with Germany’s Philipp Petzschner later in the afternoon, defeating USA’s Eric Butorac and England’s Dominic Inglot, 6-3, 6-1.
Former Dallas Star Mike Modano presented Melzer and Petzschner with the badges of their victory, Zodiac Watches.
“I had a great time today,” Modano said. “I love the sport and it’s been a pleasure to be here … This has been a fantastic week of tennis.”
The Dallas Tennis Classic, a resurrection of the former BMW Tennis Championship or Sunrise Challenger, is an ATP Challenger event in its second year and was again played at the Four Seasons in Las Colinas.
Although the Challenger Tour usually does not allow players in the top 50 to enter, players ranked 11-50 are allowed to enter Dallas’ tournament and top ten players can receive a Wild Card to compete for the $125,000 purse. Wanting to up play these allowances that go back to its roots in Florida, the Dallas Tennis Classic has the highest level of prize money on the ATP Challenger Tour, plus hospitality, which is a factor when determining the prestige of individual tournaments.
Some information provided by Dallas Tennis Classic.