Jul 15, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT
Former UNCW men’s tennis standout Chris Cooprider earned his first career professional title this past weekend, teaming with Duke’s Henrique Cunha at the Turkey F27 Futures Doubles championship in Istanbul, Turkey.
Cooprider recently finished his four-year Seahawk career this spring after teaming up with fellow senior Kosta Blank to compile a 13-6 doubles record en route to becoming the first duo in school history to compete in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship. The Denver, Colo. native also earned his second career Most Outstanding Performer honor at the CAA’s tennis championships on April 25 after taking home the same award in 2011.
“I knew Chris would enjoy success on the professional level, and it’s very impressive to win a doubles final in only his third event,” UNCW Coach Mait DuBois said. “He’s reaching a new milestone every week. We’re very proud of his success and share that with him.”
The 22-year-old Cooprider and Cunha, Duke’s all-time doubles wins leader (146), took down No. 1-seeded Jaime Pulgar and Sam Berry on the hard court at IBB Goztepe Gulbahce Spor Tesisleri Tennis Club to obtain the tournament’s doubles crown.
Cooprider, who now owns a 13-4 singles record and 7-2 doubles mark in his early professional career, helped the Seahawks to three NCAA appearances in four seasons in Wilmington.
He was a three-time first-team All-CAA selection in doubles and made the All-CAA first team in singles in 2013.
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