Monday, June 5, 2017

Riffice falls to seed in French Open boys singles

   Sam Riffice, an 18-year-old product of Roseville in the Sacramento area, played seeds in boys singles and doubles today in the French Open in Paris.
   The results were mixed.
   Riffice lost to No. 12 Jurij Rodionov of Austria 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the second round, then teamed with Gianni Ross to edge No. 3 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain and Alexei Popyrin of Australia 6-2, 1-6 [10-8] in the first round.
   Riffice and Ross, both based at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla., are scheduled to play Alan Fernando Rubio Fierros of Mexico and Duarte Vale of Portugal on Tuesday for a quarterfinal berth. Rubio Fierros and Vale defeated Russia's Timofey Skatov and Nikolay Vylegzhanin 6-3, 6-4.
   Riffice has verbally committed to the University of Florida. He reached the singles final of $15,000 Futures tournaments on clay in Vero Beach, Fla., in April and Bucharest, Romania, last month to climb to No. 806 in the world.
   In 2014, Riffice joined Grigor Dimitrov as the only players to sweep the boys 16 singles titles in the Eddie Herr International Championships in Bradenton, Fla., and the Orange Bowl in Plantation, Fla.

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