SUN CITY, South Africa – It’s been quite a return home to the Motherland for Ole Miss men’s tennis player Nik Scholtz, as he captured his second straight and third overall ITF Futures singles title Friday, winning the Sun City F3 Futures.
In the past two weeks, Scholtz has earned 36 ATP points in singles and 28 points in doubles, with two singles and one doubles title and a runner-up in doubles.
Scholtz won his second Sun City Futures in as many weeks when he came from behind to upset third seeded fellow South African Fritz Wolmarans 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in Friday’s final.
The three-time All-American has had a great two weeks in his home country, ending the tournament on a 10-match winning streak and beating seven seeds en route to capturing the two singles titles.
“I knew today’s final was going to be a real battle,” said Scholtz following his latest victory. “Fritz is a heck of a player with a big serve so I had to pull out all the stops to take the match.”
Scholtz started strong, breaking Wolmarans in the opening game of the match. In the fourth game Wolmarans broke back to level it at 2-2. Both held serve until the 10th game when Wolmarans broke to take it 6-4.
In the second set, Scholtz gained momentum early and broke serve twice to lead 4-0. After winning the second set 6-2, Scholtz needed only one break in the final set to clinch the set (6-4), match and his third career futures title.
“I was serving well but there were stages throughout the match that Fritz battled with his serve and I was able to take advantage,” said Scholtz. “In fact Fritz surprisingly served quite a few double faults too which helped me. It was always going to be the battle of the big serves and with me serving better and Fritz struggling with his serve I had the upper hand.”
Scholtz also teamed up with fellow Rebel Tucker Vorster (2008-11) to reach the doubles final. After winning the title last week, the two lost to fellow South Africans and the top seeds, Dean O’Brien and Ruan Roelofse, 7-6(6) 6-4.
After a busy spring at Ole Miss followed by these two weeks in Sun City, Scholtz plans to take a couple of weeks off to go home to Caledon, before heading back out on the circuit.
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