Dunlop signs Smyczek

April 26, 2011

GREENVILLE, SC — Dunlop today announced the signing of 23 year old American player Tim Smyczek. The Milwaukee native turned pro in 2006 and has steadily moved up the rankings with wins at the ATP Challenger and ATP World Tour levels.

Last week, Smyczek took his Biomimetic 300 Tour into battle at the 2011 USTA French Open Wild Card Playoffs in Boca Raton and emerged the winner, earning a wild card into next month’s French Open. Smyczek used his powerful backhand, speed and tenacity to snare a 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-3, ­­­6-2 win over Donald Young.

Smyczek, who trains at the Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, will make his second appearance in a Grand Slam main draw; he won the USTA playoff last August to get into the US Open. This year he’s continued his upward momentum by reaching the quarters in San Jose in February and the second round in Indian Wells after qualifying for the main draw.

“My game has really taken off this year, and switching to the Biomimetic 300 Tour has played a key role,” said Smyczek. “Whenever I step onto the court, no matter what the surface or conditions, I’m confident with this racket. I’m looking forward to continuing my partnership with Dunlop.”

“Tim is a great signing for Dunlop,” said Kai Nitche, Vice President and General Manager of Dunlop Racket Sports. “He possesses the key characteristics we look for in our Tour Team members; he works extremely hard both on and off-court, he’s dedicated, and he pulls through in clutch situations. It’s been a pleasure to work with him thus far, and we wish him well as he continues his climb up the ATP World Tour rankings.”

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