Junior Defeats Second Consecutive Top 70 Player to Reach Semifinal Match
Junior Knocks Off No. 51 Richmond to Reach Quarterfinals
Three Singles Players, Two Doubles Teams Move On at Annual Tournament
Dias, Svensson Move on in Doubles, O'Connor Advances in Singles
Zelenkov Advances in Singles, Moves Through Doubles With Dias
GW vs. George Mason (3.30.2013)
GW vs. St. John's (4.06.2013) photo by Nick Wass
2012 Men's Tennis Atlantic 10 Championship
George Washington v Radford
2012-13: Named to Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team for second straight season...Capped sophomore campaign as No. 13 singles player in ITA Atlantic Region...Went 19-14 overall and 11-11 during dual-match play, competing primarily at No. 2 singles...Debuted at No. 89 on Campbell/ITA Division I Preseason Rankings...Entered spring season as No. 76 player on ITA National Singles Rankings...Earned upset victories over five top-70 opponents throughout season...Reached UVA Ranked +1 Invitational Orange Singles Final (Sept. 23, 2012)...Teamed up with senior Leonardo Lapentti at No. 3 doubles for perfect 17-0 record...He and Lapentti earned No. 80 national doubles ranking by ITA in March...Helped GW reach fourth straight Atlantic 10 Championship title match...Named A-10 Performer of the Week (April 16, 2013).
2011-12: Named Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Performer and Most Outstanding Rookie Performer following his freshman campaign...Became first-ever A-10 men's tennis student-athlete to earn both year-end distinctions...Named to A-10 All-Conference First Team...Recipient of GW's inaugural Male Rookie of the Year Georgey Award...Named A-10 Rookie Performer of the Week on a conference-high four occasions (Jan. 30, Feb. 13, April 2, April 9)...Posted an overall No. 1 singles record of 30-11 and a No. 1 doubles record of 18-8...Owned a 4-1 singles mark against conference opponents...Helped GW to its second straight Atlantic 10 Championship and NCAA Tournament berth...Captured UVa. Fall Classic doubles championship (Oct. 14) with No. 1 partner Ugur Atalay...Entered rookie season ranked No. 954 in the world by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and the 10th rated newcomer in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA)...Earned a No. 64 ITA ranking on Feb. 16...Helped Colonials upset No. 73 Radford with a three-set No. 1 singles upset over No. 78 Nick Sayer (April 8)...Upset No. 29 Vasko Mladenov of St. John's (Feb. 12).
Personal: Francisco Maria David Paiva Franco Dias...Born May 1, 1992...Son of Maria Correia David Paiva Franco Dias and Miguel Almeida Lopes Franco Dias...Oldest of five children...Has two younger brothers, Goncalo and Jose Maria, and two younger sisters, Margarida and Teresa...Intends to major in business administration.