October 3, 2005 - by
FSU Tennis Makes Strong Statement On Day One Of All-American Qualifying Tournament

Oct. 3, 2005


Singles Draw | Doubles Draw

TULSA, Okla. – The Florida State men’s tennis team gave a spectacular showing on day one of the Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championships qualifying tournament, going 4-1 in singles action including an upset bid by one Seminole.


“I cannot express how well our guys did today,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We had one of the best showings of any school in the country and we hope to continue this kind of effort throughout the week.”


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.


Florida State junior Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) provided the first upset of the day and eliminated third-seeded and 48th-ranked Chris Biro of Arizona State, 6-4, 6-0. He will face Missouri State‘s Jiri Spousta tomorrow in the Round of 64.


“Jonathas played excellent,” said Hultquist, “and his upset bid against Biro was a testament that he can compete with anyone in the country.”


Freshman Maciek Sykut, a native of Marathon, Fla., also proved why he is one of the top rookies in the country after he defeated Eric Claesson (Ole Miss), 6-4, 6-2. He will battle Louisville‘s Jeremy Clark in the next round.


“Maciek is such a great kid and person to be around,” said Hultquist. “I said all along that he will be one of the best players to ever go through Florida State. It will be a joy to watch him grow and develop over the years.”


Florida State sophomore Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan) and junior Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) also earned wins in singles action today. Chang beat Miron Mann of Utah, 6-3, 6-4, and he will match-up with ACC foe Brad Pomeroy of North Carolina in the next round. Abougzir will compete against Virginia‘s Treat Henry after he toppled St. Mary’s Julien Tizot (6-2, 6-2) today.


The lone FSU loss of the day fell at the hands of senior Chris Westerhof (Durbin, South Africa) who came up short to Wisconsin‘s Jeremy Sondin, 6-4, 6-2.


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. No. 3 seed Chris Biro (ASU) 6-4,6-2
Maciek Sykut def. Eric Claesson (Ole Miss) 6-4,6-2
Sam Chang def. Miron Mann (Utah) 6-3,6-4
Ytai Abougzir def. Julien Tizot (St. Mary’s) 6-2,6-2
Jeremy Sondin (Wisconsin) def. Chris Westerhof 6-4,6-2

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