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Former Mustang Ortlip Wins First Pro Tournament in Mexico

Former Mustang Ortlip Wins First Pro Tournament in Mexico

CANCUN, Mexico — Former Cal Poly men's tennis standout Josh Ortlip is off to a strong start to his professional tennis career. The former Mustang won his first professional tournament last week at the Cancun Tennis Cup as part of the ITF World Tennis Tour.

Ortlip, who competed for the Mustangs from 2016-19 and is eighth in program history in career dual-match singles winning percentage, won both the singles and doubles titles in Cancun.

In singles, he began the tournament by beating Austria's Brandon Walkin (4-6, 6-4, 6-3). He then took down Mexico's Ricardo David Mayagoitia followed by Gage Brymer of the U.S. to reach the semifinals.

In the semifinals, he beat Chile's Daniel Antonio Nunez in straight sets to reach the championship match. There, he defeated France's Jean Thirouin 6-4, 7-6 (2) to take home the title.

In doubles, Ortlip paired with Brazil's Breno Souza Plentz for the tournament. To reach the finals, they first beat pairs from both Mexico and France as well as a pair that had players from Bolivia and New Zealand.

In the finals, they faced the pairing of the U.S.'s Tyler Mercier and Austria's Walkin, who Ortlip beat in singles. They went on to win the match 6-2, 6-7 (3), 10-5 and completed the singles and doubles sweep for Ortlip.

The total prize money for Ortlip's win was $15,000.