Oct. 19, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - -
All three Tulane men's tennis players in the A Flight won their first round matches to lead a strong Green Wave showing on the first day of the 2001 Tulane Invitational, held at the Goldring Tennis Stadium on Friday.
Tulane's Michael Kogan, the bracket's top seed as the 15th-ranked player in the nation, cruised to a 6-4, 6-2 win over LSU's Jason Hazely in the first round. Victor Romero, seeded fourth and ranked 55th, also turned in a solid result for Tulane, posting a 7-6, 6-0 win over UNO's Sebastian Locatelli. The Green Wave's Mattias Westerberg advanced to the second round when his opponent, LSU's Peter Richman, withdrew due to an injury.
"There were a couple surprises today, but it was an exciting day of tennis," Tulane head coach Robert Klein said. "The level of play was outstanding, especially in the A Flight. In Saturday's "A" quarterfinals we have four players who are nationally ranked, so it should be another great day for our fans."
In B Flight singles, Tulane's Arty Ishii and Brad Cinalli each dropped their first-round matches. Ishii dropped a hard-fought 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 decision to Southern's David Ensignia, while Cinalli lost 6-2, 6-4 against UNO's Michael Chkroun.
"We were able to get through some tough matches today," Klein added. "We have to come out ready to play on Saturday, though."
Action continues on Saturday, with singles play beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Goldring Tennis Center.