Jacob Dunbar and Matthew Fernandez to play in Exhibition Match at RTA Academy in August

Jacob Dunbar and Matthew Fernandez to play in Exhibition Match at RTA Academy in August

RICHMOND– The RTA Rising Stars Tennis Academy will host an exhibition match between local college player Matthew Fernandez and touring professional Jacob Dunbar.

Fernandez, 20, is a former St. Christopher’s standout and rising junior at the University of Richmond. Dunbar, 22, graduated from UR in 2017 and began play on the pro tour.

Academy Director Chris Suttmiller said it’s important for students to witness a high level of play.

“I’m hopeful that being this close to a match between two great players will ignite a desire for our academy players to put in the time and training to become the best that they can be,” said Suttmiller.

Dunbar, a native of Medina, Ohio, is currently ranked 905 in the world in singles. He was the first player at UR to win more than 100 matches in his collegiate athletic career.

Fernandez, who grew up in Richmond, played the second line of singles and third line of doubles for the Spiders during his sophomore campaign.

Fernandez said he’s excited to play in front of the academy in his hometown.

“I feel very honored to have this opportunity to play in front of the academy and hope to give them some really good tennis,” said Fernandez.

The academy began this summer and is supported by the RTA and the City of Richmond. The academy offers free tennis lessons every weekday morning from 9 a.m. to noon at Byrd Park.

The exhibition match will be held on August 21 at Byrd Park. The match will begin at 10 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

Contact Chris Suttmiller at Suttmiller@comcast.netor (804) 678-9967 for more information.

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