Oct. 28, 2002
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- University of Tennessee tennis player Simon Rea lost his semifinal match at the 2002 Omni Hotels Region III Indoor Championships Monday morning, snapping a four-match winning streak in which he knocked off three seeded opponents.
Rea was finally defeated by No. 2 seed Bobby Reynolds of Vanderbilt, the nation's 9th ranked player. Despite winning the first set, the Vol junior lost 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2. Rea was not seeded in the event.
The loss brought Rea's singles record to a team-best 10-3 so far this fall. He has also amassed an impressive 3-1 mark thus far against opponents ranked in the top-100.
"Simon (Rea) played a great match today," Tennessee associate head coach Chris Mahony said. "He most certainly left everything he had on the court and came up just a fraction short against one of the best players in the country. He had an exceptional tournament and all of his hard work is paying off. He should take a lot of confidence into the (USTA/UT Men's Pro Challenger) in 10 days time, as well as the coming spring dual-match season."
The tournament's top two seeds met in Monday afternoon's final. Reynolds fell to the nation's top-ranked player, Kentucky's Jesse Witten 6-2, 6-4.
The tennis Vols' next action will come at the USTA/UT Men's Pro Challenger at the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center on the University of Tennessee campus Nov. 10-17.
Singles Main Draw Semifinals - Oct. 28
2 Bobby Reynolds (Vanderbilt) def. Simon Rea (UT) - 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2