UNCW alum wins first professional tennis title

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Former UNCW standout Chris Cooprider nailed down his first professional title last weekend when he teamed up with Duke star Henrique Cunha to win the Turkey F27 Futures doubles championship in Istanbul, Turkey.

Chris Cooprider, left, accepts his award with doubles partner Henrique Cunha of Duke following the pair’s doubles win in Turkey. Photo contributed.

Cooprider, who led the Seahawks to three NCAA appearances in four seasons, reached his second straight doubles final. He has compiled a 13-4 singles record and 7-2 doubles mark in his young pro career.

“I knew Chris would enjoy success on the professional level, and it’s very impressive to win a doubles final in only his third event,” UNCW Head Coach Mait DuBois said.  “He’s reaching a new milestone every week. We’re very proud of his success and share that with him. Several of our players struggle with the decision to turn pro and Coop’s success will encourage future graduates.”

Cooprider and Cunha upset the No. 1 seed, former N.C. State standout Jaime Pulgar (No. 311) and Sam Barry (No. 451), en route to the doubles crown.

Cooprider, 22, should move into the top-1,000 in the world in doubles after three tournaments. The Denver, Colo., product also won two rounds of singles in the Turkey F27 Futures event.