Frenchmen Florian Reynet wins ITF Futures Tour tennis title in 48 minutes

jdill@bradenton.comNovember 19, 2012 

BRADENTON -- Florian Reynet reached a career high world ranking of 273 in 2011.

Injuries, though, sent the French tennis player backwards.

Feeling healthy, Reynet entered this week's ITF $10K Futures Tour event at IMG Academy that concluded a three-tournament Florida Swing brimming with confidence.

The No. 1-seeded Reynet previously recorded a victory and semifinal appearance leading into this week's tournament.

Consequently, Reynet's world ranking continued to improve.

After Sunday's final against 15-year-old Alexander Zverev, Reynet's ranking is expected to drop below 300 following a 6-0, 6-1 triumph in front of roughly 100 fans.

The match lasted just 48 minutes.

Reynet displayed a deft touch with several drop shots that fell for winners in the quick match as Zverev played deep for the most part.

That allowed Reynet to sneak in various soft shots on the clay surface en route to the steamrolling straight sets victory.

"When it's easy I'm going to say I do many drop shots," said Reynet, who hails from southern France near Marseille. "But sometimes it's not so good for my game. But (Sunday), he was not moving so well."

The 26-year-old Reynet only picked up the game on a serious level five years ago, which gives him less miles on his legs than most players his age.

Prior to then, Reynet was too busy with school to focus 100 percent on tennis.

But that's changed, and he's gradually inching closer to bettering his career high 273 world ranking.

"I'm 26, but I'm younger in the legs," Reynet said. "I started at 21, so I can play more. I'm good ... no tennis, but like three times a week. I was at school, that's why I can play until 35."

For Zverev, the phenom from Germany with Russian heritage simply ran out of gas.

After enduring entry into the main draw through a grueling wild-card tournament, Zverev played in his 10th singles match in Bradenton on Sunday.

"I'm for sure tired," Zverev said. "I'm exhausted. I played the wild card tournament, I played this tournament. I mean, I played so many matches to come here, I think if I played him the first round or second round, I think it would be a little tougher. But he played (an) unbelievable three weeks in a row here in Florida, and congratulations to him."

Zverev was in his first finals on the Pro Circuit, and he looked a touch nervous early with two double faults in the first game of the opening set.

Reynet broke Zverev's serve

six times in both sets, easily dispatching the 15-year-old.

"I'm a little unhappy that I lost that bad," Zverev said. "When I woke up in the morning, I already felt like my legs are so heavy. My arm wouldn't go up when I serve, and there's no excuses about that. He plays unbelievable. But still against someone like him, you have to play 3 hours, 3½ hours. And I wasn't ready for that (Sunday)."

Local tennis fans can still catch Zverev's talented game in Bradenton, as he's sticking around for the prestigious Eddie Herr International Junior Championship.

Meanwhile, Reynet keeps grinding as he'll head to Morocco for another tournament.

"I have so much confidence," Reynet said. "So (I) keep playing more."

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