BOCA RATON, Fla. –
As the fall individual season nears its close, and the Florida Atlantic University men's tennis team looks towards dual matches in the spring, one of the newest members of the squad, freshman Alvaro Fernandez Horta
, recently earned his first professional point, the first of hopefully many to come.
Fernandez Horta came to Boca Raton in August from his hometown of Zaragoza, Spain. While acclimating to both South Florida and FAU, he has participated in a handful of events with other members of the Owls' squad, including the recent ITA Futures event in Niceville, Florida. There, Fernandez Horta won four straight matches without losing a set to qualify into the main draw, and recorded that golden first point by defeating his first round opponent.
"I won four matches in a row, and then the first match in the main draw, so five matches in a row," said Fernandez Horta in the above and embedded video. "I won the match and earned my first ATP point, so I'm very happy about that, (and) hopefully I get more points in the future."
"Alvaro is such a nice kid and such a hard worker," added Head Coach Ricardo Gonzalez
. "When he came here, he came as one of our best recruits. But when he came over, he had a hard time adjusting to the new culture and just adapting to it all. For the first two months, he was playing good tennis, but wasn't having the results that he really wanted. He was just not closing the deal. But he kept working, kept his cool and he didn't panic. That's why I'm so happy he had a very good tournament, because I know it's only going to help his confidence and help push his teammates to want more. He deserves it."
There will be more open tournaments and more opportunities for Fernandez Horta to add to his burgeoning résumé this fall. The Owls as a squad kick off the spring campaign in January, with eight straight events on the road to begin the season, opening with the FSU Invite on the 12th and 13th of that month in Tallahassee. The team's return home will be Saturday, Feb. 16, for two dual matches, versus DePaul (9 a.m.) and Tennessee Tech (2 p.m.).