Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Coetzee Wears Down Kowalski for Title.(Final)

Byline: Eric Butler For the Journal


When retrieving a ball between points, University of New Mexico tennis player Divan Coetzee usually looks like someone who just finished hiking out of the Grand Canyon. His every step seems to add to the torture of the day.

But Coetzee gets to the ball much quicker during play, and that's what really mattered in Monday's finals of the Morgan Stanley/Pete Henderson Open.

At the Tennis Club of Albuquerque, the South Africa native defeated John Kowalski 4-6, 7-6, 6-1 in the men's open singles final.

"I get a lot of problems with that, especially with umpires," said Coetzee of his deliberate pace. …

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