Tennis Player, Santiago González, Breaks into the Spotlight in Winning Doubles Championship
When it comes to the hottest topics in Mexican sports, soccer and boxing fill-up most of the headlines. However, one Mexican tennis star is beginning to break into the global spotlight.
Santiago González is a Mexican tennis player. Turning pro in 2001, his highest ranking in singles is 155, reached on May 22, 2006, and in doubles it is 36, reached on April 25, 2011. It is in doubles that González really shines and is considered one of the best in the world.
Teamed with Scott Lipsky of Merrick, N.Y. the duo lifted their second team trophy at the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in the men's doubles finals, defeating the number two seeds, Colin Fleming & Ross Hutchins of Great Britain, 7-6(3), 6-3. In March, they also captured an ATP Challenger Tour title in Dallas.
Winning seems to be coming easy to the Mexican/American tandem, as they won their very first match just last year at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, defeating Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan in the final. The pair credits their chemistry as teammates to their recent string of successes.
“We’re pretty comfortable with each other,” said Lipsky. “We had a couple good results as well, we won Barcelona last year and a Challenger this year, so we know how each other play and it’s definitely a good way to start our renewed partnership.”
González is not new to winning and his native country considers him among their top athletes. He represented Mexico in Davis Cup play for 15 years; from 1981-1995 and was recently named the captain of the Mexican Davis Cup team.