Christopher Heyman Beats Adelchi Virgili for Turkey F52 Futures Title

by John on December 28, 2015

C. Heyman

The last ball of the 2015 season in men’s professional tennis was struck Sunday afternoon. Mercifully the long tennis season has come to an end. Christopher Heyman of Belgium defeated Italian Aldelchi Virgili 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Turkey F52 Futures in Antalya, Turkey. For Heyman, a 22-year old ranked No. 613 in the world, the victory was his third of the year (also career) and second in a row on the ITF Futures Circuit, the bottom rung in men’s professional tennis. Virgili, 25 and ranked No. 902, was playing in just his second final as a professional. He lost in his only other. Both players, whose determination and devotion to playing during Christmas week in pursuit of ATP Ranking points, were richly rewarded. Heyman jumped 154 positions and ends the year ranked No. 459 (a career high) in today’s year-end rankings; Virgili improved 144 spots to finish No. 758. The never-ending men’s professional tennis season will now take a one-week hiatus before returning to tournament action on January 4. The ATP and Challenger Tours and the Futures Circuit will all start the new year then. Heyman parlayed service breaks in the third games of both the first and second sets to capture the victory in one hour and 35 minutes. Heyman won 63 percent of the points on his first serve and 71 percent on his second. Virgili’s numbers were 67 percent on his first delivery and 45 on his second. Heyman saved two of two break points, Virgili seven of nine. Bring on the new year and the 2016 season.

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