CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (October 3, 2003) - The East Tennessee State men's tennis team participated in the Pre-Qualifying rounds of the 2003 Icy Hot/ITA All-American Championships, which began singles action today at the Champions Club in Chattanooga.
Junior Federico Ochoa (Manizales, Columbia) won his first two singles matches to advance to the next round of play. Ochoa defeated Minnesota's Sion Wilkins 7-5, 6-0 and Clemson's Brett Twente 6-0, 3-6, 6-4.
Diego Iglesias (Mar del Plata, Argentina) and Alejandro Salazar (Arequipa, Peru) also won their first round matches. Iglesias was eliminated in the second round, while Salazar has yet to play his second round and will face Jorday Doberg of Florida.
The Icy Hot/ITA All-American Tournament will continue tomorrow with the start of doubles action.
The Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championships is not only the largest single tournament of this season in collegiate tennis, with over 300 competitors, but also the first of three national championship events at the Division I level during the 2003-04 collegiate tennis season.
The Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championships include 256-singles player and 128-doubles team prequalifying tournaments played October 3-6 which feed into 64-player and 32-doubles team qualifying tournaments October 7-8. The 64-player, 32-doubles team main draw takes place Oct. 9-12. The singles tournament fields can run over 300 players, making it the largest collegiate event of the season. A player who begins in prequalifying must win seven matches just to reach the main draw. UCLA's Vince Allegre did just that in 1997, then went on to win five more to reach the final.
This event has been played annually since 1979. A number of its past participants have enjoyed successful professional tennis careers, including Todd Martin (Northwestern), MaliVai Washington (Michigan) and Sargis Sargsian (Arizona State), and current U.S. Davis Cup team members James Blake (Harvard), Bob and Mike Bryan (Stanford), and Brian Vahaly (Virginia). Bob Bryan won the '97 singles title, Blake the '98 singles and doubles titles and Vahaly reached the '99 singles final and '00 doubles final.
Middle Tennessee's Daniel Klemetz beat Illinois' Amer Delic in last year's singles final at the Champions Club. Delic would eventually win the NCAA singles title (and played in this year's U.S. Open). Delic and Michael Calkins won the doubles title.
Day One Results 2003 Icy Hot/ITA All-American Pre-Qualifying Men's Open Singles
Zach Daily (Vanderbilt) def. Fernando Fiuri (ETSU) 6-0, 6-4
Diego Iglesias (ETSU) def. Charles Van Swelm (Troy State) 6-4, 6-1
Vlad Obradovic (Florida) def. Diego Iglesias (ETSU) 6-0, 6-3
Federico Ochoa (ETSU) def. Sion Wilkins (Minnesota) 7-5, 6-0
Federico Ochoa (ETSU) def. Brett Twente (Clemson) 6-0, 3-6, 6-4
Next Match: Sat. 10:00 a.m. vs. TBD
Khaled El dory (Texas A&M) def. Oscar Posada (ETSU) 6-4, 7-6
Alejandro Salazar (ETSU) def. Colin Purcell (Miami) 6-2, 6-1
Alejandro Salazar (ETSU) vs. Jorday Dolberg (Florida)
Ricardo Almeida def. Moises Serrano (ETSU) 7-6 (4), 6-3