Oct. 9, 2003
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. –
With a blind draw, anything can happen. Even though he is ranked 22nd in the country, Florida State University men’s tennis player Mat Cloer drew the number two player in the nation, Georgia’s Bo Hodge, during the first round of the ITA / Icy Hot All-American Championships. All the Seminole did pull off one of the biggest upsets in school history with a 6-3, 6-2 decision on Friday (October 9).
Serving to start the match, nerves forced Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) into four double faults, but he held on to take the opener despite not landing a first serve. The junior broke to go up 3-1 in the set then broke again to take a 5-3 lead. Cloer held serve to win the first set 6-3.
After almost breaking Hodge to start the second set, Cloer got his shot in the third game as his third break of the match gave him a 2-1 advance. However, in the next game he double faulted four times at deuce and lost the game. The 2003 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year broke Hodge two more times during the set and held to take the match 6-2.
“Going into the match we didn’t see Mat as an underdog,” FSU net boss Dwayne Hultquist explained. “Mat has beaten Stanford and Duke’s number ones as well as some guys with big ATP points this summer so we knew that this was something he could pull off. Mat goes into the matching thinking he can win, no matter who he is playing.”
Cloer returns to the court at the Champions Club at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday when he takes on the winner of Adrians Zguns of Arkansas and Harvard’s Jonathan Chu.