“SURIVIVOR II” WINNER DACIEK REACHES FIRST ATP QUALIFER

“SURIVIVOR II” WINNER DACIEK REACHES FIRST ATP QUALIFER

“SURIVIVOR II” WINNER DACIEK REACHES FIRST ATP QUALIFER

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DELRAY BEACH – Dropping only 11 games over five matches, former Virginia Tech player Patrick Daciek rolled over top-seeded 18-year-old Dennis Uspensky, 6-1, 6-0, to win the Delray Beach “Survivor II” pre-qualifying tournament.

The win gives the No. 2-seeded Wesley Chapel resident a wild card into the Delray Beach Open By The Venetian® qualifying tournament which will take place February 14-16 at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. Daciek joins Lance Cohen, December’s “Survivor I” winner, in the 32-player qualifier.

“I was happy with the way I played in the final,” said Daciek, 24, who will sandwich the ATP qualifier between a pair of Futures events in February. “I’m excited to be playing in my first qualifying tournament.”

Following a junior career where he was ranked No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic region in the 18-and-under division, Daciek put together a 69-55 career record as a Hokie, playing mostly the No. 2 or No. 3 singles positions.

He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2012, and spent the last two years playing Futures events and taking a five-month hiatus from competition to take care of a medical issue.

The Maryland native has Gilbert’s Syndrome, a hereditary condition that affects the liver. After being diagnosed, he altered his diet, rest and stress levels in order to keep it in check.

In November Daciek picked up his first ATP ranking points with a quarterfinal finish at the Pensacola Futures Championships.

“This is a great opportunity to be around high-level players and to see the difference and what I need to do to improve,” Daciek said about playing in his first ATP qualifier.

Daciek trains with former ATP pro Hans Gildemeister in Tampa and is a volunteer assistant coach with St. Leo’s tennis team.

Uspensky, the runner-up, is a high school blue chip prospect from Atlantic Beach, NY.

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