It could have been an Ohio State versus Michigan singles final at the USTA Pro Circuit Sargent & Collins Men’s $10,000 Futures Tournament Sunday at the Miller Tennis Center in Williamsville. Instead, it will be Evan King, a former Wolverine and a four-time All-Big 10 selection at Michigan, facing Gavin Van Peperzeel of Australia in the championship final at noon. Admission is free to the tournament at the Miller Center on Sheraton Drive just west of Transit Road.
No. 1 seed Van Peperzeel, 24, defeated former Ohio State star Mikael Torpegaard of Denmark in, 6-4, 6-1. Torpegaard was unseeded but he was finalist in the 2016 NCAA singles before turning pro.He also upset No. 3 seed and defending champion Kaichi Uchida of Japan in the first round on Tuesday.
King, a 24-year-old left-hander from Chicago, defeated No. 4 seed Tigre Hank, 25, from Tijuana who is Mexico’s No. 1 ranked player. King prevailed 7-5, 6-2.
Neither singles finalist has lost a set in the tournament so far, each going 8-0.
Seedings also prevailed in the doubles as top-seeded Hans Hach of Mexico and Uchida of Japan defeated Farris Fathi Gosea of Great Britain and Tim Kopinski of the U.S., 6-2, 6-3, to claim the title.