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Bernabeu Captures First Career U.S. Pro Series Title in Florida

(l-r) Life Time Tour Director Andre Maur, Iker Pajares Bernabeu, Joe Griffin, Life Time Boca Raton Head Pro Peter Chesire

Spain’s world No. 65 Iker Pajares Bernabeu won his first career U.S. Pro Series Title–the Betty Griffin Memorial Florida Open–and his eighth career PSA title at Life Time Athletic Boca Raton.

The twenty-two year old from Barcelona entered the tournament as the two seed, and brused aside India’s five seed Aditya Jagtap and Guatemala’s four seed Josue Enriquez on his way to the final.

The top half of the draw saw England’s top seed Richie Fallows fulfill his seeding to reach the final, including a dramatic 13-11 fifth game win over Havard’s Victor Crouin in the semifinals.

An hour-long final saw Bernabeu upset Fallows, world No. 57, 11-9, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6.

The title marks Bernabeu’s first on U.S. soil in just his fourth PSA appearance stateside and his first PSA title since the Qatar Circuit No. 5 in December 2017.

The Florida Open marks the final U.S. Pro Series event of the 2018 calendar year with the inaugural $5,500 Bourbon Train Event No. 1 set to kick off the new year, January 3-5.

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