Junior netter Alberto Lim Jr. made his presence felt in the United States tennis circuit as he ruled the men’s open division of the 2014 Plantation Open Circuit III held at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Florida.
The 15-year-old Lim wasted no time in crushing Alexander Pelaez of Miami, 6-1, 6-2, in the finals of the tournament sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association.
Before reaching the finals, Lim posted a 2-6, 6-3, 10-4 upset win over top seed Juan Rocha of Hollywood in the semifinals.
He also defeated Christopher Kinigopoulo of Sunny Isles Beach in the first round, 6-3, 3-0 (ret.); seventh seed Kevin Taco of Miami in the second round, 6-2, 6-0; Nicolas Prieto Pinzon of Miami in the third round, 6-2, 6-0; and fourth seed Faston Murray of Lake Worth in the quarterfinals, 6-2, 6-0.
It was Lim’s second title in the US circuit. He earlier ruled the boys’ 18-under class of the 2014 Andy Lake Pearl Level 7 held at the Haws Landing also in Florida.
Lim overpowered Gabriel Osio of Weston in the quarterfinals, 6-0, 6-0; No. 1 Sebastian Serrano of Doral in the semifinals, 6-1, 6-1; and Roberto Guerrero of Plantation in the finals, 6-0, 6-0.
Lim is currently ranked 163rd in the International Tennis Federation juniors with high hopes to making it to the Top 100 to earn a shot in the Grand Slam events— US Open, Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon Championship—next year.