Local tennis column: Naples’ Landert captures USTA event title

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NAPLES — Local teen Oliver Landert left his footprints all over the Biltmore Hotel courts in Coral Cables last weekend. In the process, he made some sweet memories as well.

Playing in the USTA Florida 18s Designated Tier I event, the 16-year-old Landert took top honors when in the finals, he breezed by Tampa’s Kiril Kirkov 6-0, 6-2.

Landert went into the event as the No. 4 seed. On his way to the title match against Kirkov, he beat Austin Cruz of Sarasota 6-1,6-2, Nicholas Litsky of St. Petersburg 6-1,6-2, David Tossavainen of Orange Park 6-3,6-1 and No. 2 seed Gianlucca Massa of Weston 7-6 (4), 6-1.

In addition to his championship singles effort, Landert teamed up with Naples’ Jack Haffey to win the doubles. This is their second consecutive 18s doubles championship as they also won in Delray Beach about six weeks ago.

Landert and Haffey train with coaches Vimal Patel, Jesse Witten and Ronen Graziani at the Tough Tennis Academy on Santa Barbara Boulevard in Naples.

Naples Daily News

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