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Kosakowski Beats Amritraj for Claremont USTA Pro Circuit Futures Title
CLAREMONT, Calif., (Sept. 16, 2012) â€“ Daniel Kosakowski couldnâ€™t have picked a better time to play near-perfect tennis, as the 20-year from nearby Downey, Calif., captured the singles title and the $1,300 first-prize money on Sunday at the 17th annual Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Pro Classic, a $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit menâ€™s event.
The No. 2-seeded Kosakowski beat unseeded Prakash Amritraj, 6-3, 6-1, for his second career Futures title in five finals attempts.
â€œThat was Top 100 tennis right there,â€ Amritrajâ€™s cousin Stephen, a former pro player who played at Duke told a smiling Kosakowski as he came off the court. A nice finals crowd at the Claremont Club plus tournament director Barry Friedman all had to agree with Stephen after what they saw: Kosakowski has a huge forehand, a booming serve and loads of potential to compete on the ATP Tour.
â€œHe played great today,â€ said Prakash Amritraj, representing India but living in Sherman Oaks, Calif. â€œThere were a couple of moments of the first set where if I would have won a crucial point or two it could have changed the complexion of the match.
â€œOnce he got that early momentum he did a great job of building on it and really raising his level. He didnâ€™t seem to miss much.â€
Both players started strong holding serve at 3-all before Kosakowski got the crucial break in the seventh game of the first set. Making a very high percentage of his first serves, Kosakowski never dropped his serve and went on to reel off nine of the next 10 games for the title with a heavy forehand and a consistent backhand.
â€œEverything just seemed to click today,â€ said Kosakowski, who will play in the Costa Mesa Futures event, which starts on Monday. â€œI had a good warm-up this morning with my brother-in-law,â€ adding that itâ€™s always more comfortable to sleep in your own bed.