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Former Monarch Izak Van Der Merwe Wins ITF Futures Of Zimbabwe

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: October 25, 2005
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Oct. 25, 2005

ZIMBABWE, Africa - Former Old Dominion men's tennis student-athlete Izak van der Merwe (Kempton Park, South Africa) won his first pro singles title as he captured both the singles and doubles title at the ITF Futures of Zimbabwe.

With the two titles Van der Merwe earned 12 points in the ATP rankings in both singles and doubles, jumping around 600 spots in each ranking placing him into the top 800. The Old Dominion University two time All-American and CAA player of the year is coached by former Monarch Rodrigo Laender.

The South African native concluded his career at Old Dominion with a career singles mark of 100-39, placing him second all-time in Old Dominion men's tennis history in career wins. Van der Merwe also holds Old Dominion's all-time doubles record (92-45) and all-time total career wins (192-84). He also holds the distinction of reaching the semifinals or better in the three national championships (All-American, Nation Indoor, and NCAA), in both singles and doubles, during his career.

Singles:
1st round: Izak van der Merwe d. Kevin Ker(rsa) 6-2, 6-4
2nd round: Izak van der Merwe d. (1) Nick Monroe 6-1, 6-3
Quarters: Izak van der Merwe d. (8) Amadeus Fulford Jones(gbr) 6-2, 6-1
Semis: Izak van der Merwe (RSA) d. (q) Jamie Cerretani (USA) 6-3, 7-5
Finals: Izak van der Merwe (RSA) d.(3) Andrew Anderson (RSA) 4-6, 6-4 6/3

Doubles:
1st round: (2)Nick Monroe/Izak van der Merwe (USA/RSA) d. Ralph Grambow/Cristian Hodel (GER/ROM) 6-2, 6-2
2nd round: (2)Nick Monroe/Izak van der Merwe (USA/RSA) d. Forward MoyoEric Mpofu (ZIM) 6-0, 6-0
Semis: (2)Nick Monroe/Izak van der Merwe (USA/RSA) d. Jamie Cerretani/Gregg Le Sueur (USA/RSA) 6-1, 6-2
Finals:(2)Nick Monroe/Izak van der Merwe (USA/RSA) d. (1) Andrew Anderson/Stephen Mitchell (RSA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0

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