Player Spotlight on Alfredo Perez
By BRENNAN KARLE
Alfredo Perez is working hard to make a name for himself in the sport of kings.
If he continues to knock off top-ranked players as he did recently in the “Las Vegas Challenger” tournament held at the Frank and Vicki Fertitta Tennis Complex, he’ll become known sooner than later.
“The Vegas tournament was good,” said Perez. “I lost in the second round of qualifying but had a very good win, beating the No. 250th ranked player in the world.”
Alfredo topped Wu Tung-lin 7-6, 6-4, before falling 6-4, 6-2 to Sasi Kumar Mukund.
Perez came into Las Vegas off of a nice run in the “M15 Fayetteville Live, $15K” tournament where he lost in the finals to the UK’s Henry Patten, 7-6, 6-3.
The 6’3”, 24-year-old Perez hails from Havana, Cuba where his father began teaching him the sport at age 4. Alfredo attended and starred at Coral Gables High School in Florida. He then had a very successful career record during four years of play at the University of Florida.
He finished with a 94-36 overall singles record, including a 35-13 mark in tournament singles and a 29-11 record in SEC singles.
Perez also went 79-31 in overall doubles, 25-6 in tournament doubles, and 28-11 in SEC doubles. He won a championship in doubles at Tulsa.
Alfredo was an All-American in singles and doubles during his senior year (2018-19) when he helped the Gators to an undefeated season and an SEC championship. He was named First Team SEC, SEC All-Tournament Team, and also earned the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Alfredo has reached a No. 739 worldwide ranking in singles, and a No. 554 career-high ranking in doubles.
“My strengths are my forehand, serve, and being a great competitor,” remarked Perez. “My favorite players are Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. They are very special players and I try to learn from them.”
Should Alfredo Perez continue to rack up victories, he too will be considered a very special player.