Former Tiger Tennis Player Wins Professional Doubles Crown
Dec. 14, 2012
MEMPHIS - - Former University of Memphis men's tennis player Amrit Narasimhan won his first professional doubles title in the India F16 Futures event in Dharwad, India, Sunday. It was the second doubles final of his professional career, and his first professional career doubles title.
Narasimhan played at Memphis from 2006-2008 and was the C-USA Newcomer of the Year in 2007. He was named to the C-USA All-Conference second team that same season after sporting a 12-5 record, including a 7-4 mark at No. 1 singles. Narasimhan went pro in September of 2010, appearing in his first professional doubles final at the Guatemala F1 event in February of 2012. He appeared in three more doubles quarterfinals through this past spring before an injury forced him off the court. He stepped back on the court in the India F15 event at the beginning of this month, again advancing to the quarterfinals of the doubles draw when teamed with Michael Shabaz, the former University of Virginia player who won the 2009 NCAA men's doubles championship. Shabaz is currently the No. 717 ranked singles player in the world.
Narasimhan and Shabaz also paired together for the finals appearance at the Guatamala F1 event in February of 2012, and, after advancing to the quarterfinals of the F15 event in Davanagere, India to start December, the duo moved on to the F16 event in Dharwad last week. They did not drop a set en route the doubles final match, but split the first two sets of the final, 6-4, 3-6 to force a tiebreak. The duo prevailed 10-7 in the tiebreak to claim the doubles crown.
The win gives Narasimhan a doubles point on the professional tour, ranking him 1,103 in the world in doubles.
The professional tennis career has sent the former Tiger all over the world. He has played in events in Mexico, China, Indonesia, Ecuador, Canada, Guatemala, Thailand, Guam, Burundi, Rwanda, India and the U.S. A resident of Houston, Texas, Narasimhan, was one of Memphis head coach Paul Goebel's first recruits at the University of Memphis. Goebel signed Narasimhan and former Tyler Junior College teammate Benedikt Fischer to the team and the duo capped their respective Memphis careers as a pair of the program's most-decorated graduates. Narasimhan was nationally-ranked in singles at Memphis, and Fischer was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America second team honoree, the first men's tennis player to ever earn the honor.
Coach Goebel's 2012-13 roster will kick off its spring season with another challenging schedule, hosting Michigan State in the opening match on Jan. 18th at 6 p.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis.