Congratulations Vice President of International Sales, Fernando Belmar!

GTRS Tennis Professional, Fernando Belmar, Wins!

Fernando Belmar has become one of the hottest tennis players in the International Tennis Federation (ITF), improving his ranking by 57 places to No. 30 in International Tennis Federation Rankings with his most recent win. The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa Tennis Professional’s latest win, an ITF Senior Circuit event held February 12-15 at Toronto´s Mayfair Club, moved him up to 30th place in his ITF group. By winning the tournament, Belmar earned 120 ITF points to break into the top 30.

Belmar said, "I participated in this tournament as part of my training strategy to prepare to represent Spain in the World Team Cup and Singles Championships to be held in June in Helsinki, Finland.” According to Belmar, the caliber of the draw for the Toronto tournament was very high.  What made the tournament unique and added to its international character, is that the top four seeds were all members of their respective national teams. The No. 1 seed was from Switzerland and ranked 29 in the world.  The No. 2 seed was from the U.S.A., ranked 38.  Fernando was the No. 3 seed and was ranked 88 before the tournament. The No. 4 seed was from Canada and ranked 120 but had been ranked as high as 12 in the past.

Belmar faced the No. 2 seed, American player Mitchell Perkins, in the semifinals. Perkins is also currently the No. 1 US ranked player in the category +50. They both described the match as a career epic and marathon duel that lasted 4 hours. The first set alone was 2 hours long.  Fernando came back from a deficit of 4-2 in the second set to force a third set. The final score was 6-7 (13-11), 7-5, 6-2.

Belmar said, “The semifinal match had all the drama ingredients that made it one the most memorable matches I have ever played in my tennis career. It was a grueling match. A match of power, finesse, shot making wizardry, long rallies running from side to side that seemed endless. It had it all. It required outstanding physical and psychological endurance to come out on top. Mitchell brought out the best in me.”

Commenting on the intensity of the match, Mitchell Perkins said, “My match against Fernando was a classic and one I won't forget. It was a great four-hour, three-set battle, with a contrast in style, pitting my power game against Fernando's feel for the ball, touch, and poise. I gave it everything I had and played well. No one likes to lose such a battle, but I believe we now have great respect for each other as competitors and friends!”

Belmar continued, “At the end of the match, the tournament director came on to the court to congratulate both of us for the tremendous effort, and told us he had never seen a match with that level of  intensity and that well-played in all the years the tournament had been running.”

Belmar added “I once played a four and a half hour, three-set battle on a clay court, but to do this on a fast, hard court surface is remarkable. And it was the first time I played a two-hour set.”

Belmar had to find enough endurance to put together another good performance the following day to beat Gary Meanchos, the No 4 seeded Canadian player, in the finals match, 6-2 3-6 6-0 to take the title.