March 13, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - Former Mustangs stars Darren Walsh and Adham el-Effendi won their first round doubles match of the Dallas Tennis Classic on Tuesday. The pair entered the event as wild card entries but immediately made a splash, defeating Austria's Oliver Marach and Brazil's André Sá 6-4, 6-4.
The event is being held at the Four Seasons Country Club and Resort in Las Colinas.
The two will be back on the court for their second round doubles match on Thursday (time and court TBD).
Both el-Effendi and Walsh played tennis at SMU beginning in 2006, with much success as a pair. The duo won both doubles matches at the Conference USA Tournament during the 2010-11 season in their senior year.
El-Effendi is a Dallas native and Walsh hails from Croydon, England.
Tickets are on sale now at DallasTennisClassic.com starting at just $20 for Main Draw Play.
About the Tournament
The Dallas Tennis Classic is sanctioned by the ATP, the principal organizer of the men's professional tennis tour. The tournament has the highest level of prize money on the ATP Challenger Tour, plus hospitality. The tournament enjoys an exception from other challenger events, in that players positioned 11-50 in the ATP rankings are allowed to enter, and those ranked top-10 in the world are allowed to receive a Wild Card to compete for a prize money purse of $125,000. The event features a 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw.
The Dallas Tennis Classic is conveniently positioned on the ATP tournament schedule between the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., and the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., both of which are mandatory events for the top-50 ranked players. This slot on the tournament schedule has consistently seen draws that include the top players as they prepare for the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne.