Oct. 19, 2003
MEMPHIS -- Tennessee senior Simon Rea suffered a quarterfinal-round singles loss Sunday morning at the ITA Southeast Regional Indoor Championships at The Racquet Club of Memphis. Rea's quarterfinal berth marked his second top-eight finish at the regional indoor event in as many years.
"Simon had a good tournament, considering he hadn't played much before the event due to injury," Tennessee head coach Michael Fancutt said. "In his (four combined singles and doubles matches Saturday) he played eight sets. That made it tough for him Sunday physically, coming off the injury."
Seeded No. 5, Rea faced No. 4-seeded Romain Ambert of Mississippi State in a battle featuring two of the nation's top netters. The two SEC seniors traded blows at a fairly even clip in the first set, with Rea narrowly falling short by a score of 7-5. Shortly thereafter, the Volunteer veteran began feeling the effects of playing nine grueling sets in a span of 24 hours against the region's top competition, and Ambert cruised to victory.
Rea now owns an overall season singles record of 3-2. He is listed at No. 12 in the ITA national fall preseason singles rankings. Last season, he led the Vols with 26 singles wins and garnered second-team All-SEC honors.
ITA Southeast Regional Indoor Championships Results -- Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003
Main Singles Draw - Quarterfinals
No. 4 Ambert (Mississippi State) def. No. 5 Rea (UT), 7-5, 6-0