JURMALA, Latvia – Georgia State men’s tennis standout Roberts Grinvalds capped off a successful summer as the Bigaunciems, Latvia, native earned national titles in individual and mixed doubles competition in last week’s Latvia National Championship.
The rising sophomore opened the individual tournament with an impressive 6-1, 6-2 victory over 11th-ranked Tom Sutris, then shutout his opponent in the second round 6-0, 6-0 to advance to the quarterfinals. Grinvalds again won in straight sets, then knocked off fifth-ranked Arvis Berzins in the semifinal 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1).
Grinvalds took on former Tennessee standout and three-time ITA All-American Mikelis Libietis, who had earned a No. 1 ranking in both singles and doubles during his time with the Volunteers, in the individual national championship match where he led 6-3 before Libietis was forced to retire due to injury, giving Grinvalds the title.
In doubles play, he paired up with Rutgers rising sophomore and Riga, Latvia, native Kristiana Zahare. Together, the duo cruised to victory after victory and earned the mixed doubles national championship.
“I always love competing in my home country,” Grinvalds said. “It’s great to see the Latvian crowd come out and their support.”
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