Oct. 4, 2005
TULSA, Okla. – The Florida State men’s tennis squad contributed another solid performance Tuesday at the Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championships qualifying tournament by gathering a perfect 4-0 record in singles action and a 2-0 mark in doubles play.
“Our team had several significant victories today,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “All of the players competing here are at least in the Top 100 in the country, so every win counts. I am really pleased with our effort.”
The Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championships offer the first national singles and doubles titles of the 2005-06 collegiate tennis season and are followed by the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in November and the season-ending NCAA Championships in May.
The Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championships include 128-player and 64-doubles team qualifying tournaments this week (Oct. 3-5), which feed into the 64-player, 32-doubles team main draw which takes place Oct. 6-9.
In singles play, junior Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil), freshman Maciek Sykut (Marathon, Fla.), sophomore Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan) and junior Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) chalked up victories and advance to the quarterfinals. Sucupira defeated Jiri Spousta of Missouri State (7-5, 7-6(2) and Sykut took care of Louisville’s Jeremy Clark, 7-6(1), 6-3.
Chang upset North Carolina’s No. 2 player, Brad Pomeroy (6-4, 7-5) and Abougzir beat Rice’s Ben Harknett by scores of 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3.
“Chang’s victory against Pomeroy was probably the biggest victory of his college career,” added Hultquist. “All four wins today were very good for our program and hopefully we can carry the momentum into tomorrow.”
In the doubles draw, the Chang/Sucupira duo opened men’s doubles with an 8-4 victory over Arnar Sigurdsson and Jorden Vestli of Pacific. Sykut and Seminole partner Andrew Bailey also won in doubles by unending Willy Lock and Christian Tempke of Northwestern, 8-3.
This year’s event is being hosted by the University of Tulsa for the first time, at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center – site of the 2004 and 2008 NCAA Championships. The Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championships return to a college campus for the first time since 1999. This event has been hosted by the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn., the past three years. The Lincoln Tennis Center in Stone Mountain, Ga., served as host site in 2000-01. Prior to Stone Mountain, it enjoyed a nine-year stint at the University of Texas. The University of Georgia and UCLA have also served as hosts.
This event has been played annually since 1979. A number of its past participants have enjoyed successful professional tennis careers, including 1999 U.S. Open finalist Todd Martin, formerly of Northwestern, and current pros like James Blake (’98 champ) and Bob (’97 champ) and Mike Bryan. Mississippi’s Catalin Gard captured last year’s singles title and Ohio State’s Ross Wilson and Scott Green won the doubles championship.
Jonathas Sucupira def. Jiri Spousta (Missouri State) 7-5, 7-6(2)
Maciek Sykut def. Jeremy Clark (Louisville) 7-6(1), 6-3
Sam Chang def. Brad Pomeroy (UNC) 6-4, 7-5
Ytai Abougzir def. Ben Harknett (Rice) 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3
Chang/Sucupira def. Sigurdsson/Vestli (Pacific) 8-4
Bailey/Sykut def. Lock/Tempke (Northwester) 8-3