Former Buckeye finishes runner-up at Mexico F1 Futures tournament

COLUMBUS, Ohio Chris Klingemann, a member of the Ohio State men’s tennis team from 2004-07, made significant strides in his professional career this past January, advancing to his first-career final on the pro circuit at the Mexico F1 Futures tournament in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico.

The 23-year old, ranked at No. 626 in the world, upset No. 462 Claudio Grassi of Italy, 6-3, 6-4, in the round of 16 and downed Mexico’s Eduardo Peralta, 6-4, 6-4, in round two to move on to the quarterfinals. Klingemann, a product of Bradenton, Fla., convincingly defeated Great Britain’s Max Jones, 6-1, 6-2, before meeting 25-year old Bruno Echagaray in the semifinals. After battling to a 7-5 win in the first set, Klingemann dropped the second, 3-6, to Echagaray, who ranks at No. 380 in the world. Klingemann bounced back in the final set, 6-1, to advance to the tournament’s final.

Held Jan. 26, the former Buckeye met countryman and No. 321 Nicholas Monroe in the final where he fell, 6-2, 6-3.

Klingemann graduated from Ohio State in 2007 and entered the pro circuit ranked No. 1,386, climbing the rankings throughout his 2007-08 seasons. So far in 2009, he has amassed five wins and three losses. On Feb. 2, he dropped, 6-3, 6-2, to Lars Poerschke of Germany at the Mexico F2 Futures tournament in Naucalpan, Mexico. Poerschke is ranked No. 589.

As a Buckeye, Klingemann was a 2006 and ’07 All-Big Ten honoree and owns 89 career singles wins to rank 13th (tied) in the OSU record book in that category.