Nov. 12, 2002
KNOXVILLE-- After dominating his collegiate opponents all season long, Tennessee tennis player Simon Rea finally met his match among the professional ranks, losing in the first round of the UT/USTA Men's Pro Challenger at UT's Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center Tuesday.
Rea's first-round opponent was no stranger to collegiate success himself. Paul Goldstein was a four-time All-America with Stanford University from 1995-1998. During that span, the Cardinals claimed four consecutive NCAA team championships.
Now a regular on the ATP Tour, and ranked No. 173 in the world, Goldstein won a 6-0, 7-6(3) contest over Rea.
"Simon played a great second set," Tennessee associate head coach Chris Mahony said. "I think he came out a little nervous and a little tight at the start of the match, but once he settled down, he played tennis of a high quality."
Mahony added that the pro challenger event is a valuable tool in the learning curve for the Tennessee players.
"Our goal here at UT is to put our players in these types of situations [against top players in big matches], so that nothing fazes them," Mahony said. "We want our players to begin matches playing the same type of tennis that they end the match with."
With Rea now eliminated, no Tennessee players remain in the main sinlges draw. However, Rea will pair up with Vol teammate Mark Dietrich as a wildcard entry in the main doubles draw. The Tennessee tandem will face the No. 2 seeded team of Americans Thomas Blake and Mardy Fish in first-round competition Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center.
Admission for the UT/USTA Men's Pro Challenger is $5 per day for adults, $2 per day for youth and free to all UT students, staff and faculty with a valid ID. Final rounds will take place Sunday, Nov. 17.
Singles Main Draw Second Round - Nov. 12
Goldstein (USA) def. Rea (UT) - 6-0, 7-6(3)