Duke's Cunha earns fifth ACC Men's Tennis Player of the Week honor
April 13, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C.– Duke freshman Henrique Cunha has again been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week after a perfect week that included two singles wins over a pair of fellow ranked players.
It marks the fifth time this season the Jau, Brazil, native has won or shared the ACC Player of the Week honor. The 11th-ranked Cunha owns singles wins over the nation’s top four players this season, including Georgia Tech’s No. 4-ranked Guillermo Gomez in last weekend’s action.
Cunha went undefeated in both singles and doubles with a 3-0 record in each as Duke was 3-0 on the week. He has now won 12 straight singles contests and 15 straight doubles matches with perfect 5-0 (singles) and 6-0 (doubles) records in ACC play.
In addition to his 6-2, 6-3 win over No. 4 Guillermo Gomez on the No.1 court, he also defeated No. 42 Tripper Carleton of Wake Forest in a third set tiebreaker (6-4, 6-7, 7-6) with Duke trailing 3-2. The Blue Devils went on to defeat the Demon Deacons by a 4-3 score. Gomez also teamed with Reid Carleton to down Wake’s No. 14 Iain Atkinson and Steven Forman, 9-7, in doubles for the pair’s eighth win over a ranked team this season.
Cunha’s week also included two more doubles wins with Carleton and a 6-3, 6-3 win over Clemson’s Derek DiFazio in No. 1 singles.