July 30, 2007
Pablo Pires de Almeida, who played tennis at Drake High and USF, earned his first professional doubles victory in an ATP-sanctioned tournament Monday. He won his first-round match with partner Adam Davidson at the $75,000 Comerica Challenger, a USTA event in Aptos (Santa Cruz County).
The unseeded team of Pires de Almeida and Davidson, formerly of Azusa Pacific University, knocked off the No. 3 seeded team of Kristian Pless of Denmark and Kamil Capkovic of Slovakia, 6-1, 4-6, 10-7. Pless has been a pro since 1999 and entered the Aptos tournament ranked No. 80 in singles.
During the past two years, Pires de Almeida had been 0-4 in main-draw, ATP-level doubles matches before Monday, according to the ATP Web site. He won a singles match in October 2006 at a Futures tournament in Mexico, but lost in the second round.
The Comerica Challenger is hardcourt tournament at Seascape Sports Club and considered one of the starting points to the summer hardcourt season that culminates at the U.S. Open. The doubles champions split $4,650; Pires de Almeida guaranteed at least $465 with Monday's victory, giving him is first professional payday