Nov. 13, 2002
KNOXVILLE-- The Tennessee tennis team has no players remaining in the UT/USTA Men's Pro Challenger after the team of Mark Dietrich and Simon Rea lost their first-round doubles contest at UT's Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center Wednesday.
The Vol tandem, playing as a wildcard entry in the main doubles draw, had the misfortune of coming up against the 2nd seeded team of Thomas Blake and Mardy Fish in first round action. However, the Vols managed to make things interesting, forcing a third set before finally falling to the American pros 6-2, 3-6, 6-0.
Nerves may have been a factor in the loss for the Vol collegians, as they were forced to wait nearly two hours past the scheduled start time of their match before finally taking the court around 8:00 p.m. Yet, regardless of the final results, it is clear that all Tennessee players who participated in the challenger came away with valuable experience that they can carry into the spring season.
The challenger marks the final event of the Vols' 2002 fall season. The Tennessee men will now be out of action until the 2003 spring season kicks off at the USTA Futures event in Aventura, Fla.
Though all Vol netters have been eliminated from the UT/USTA Men's Pro Challenger, there remains plenty of entertaining, high-level tennis to be played through the weekend. Admission for the event 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.
Doubles Main Draw First Round - Nov. 13
2 Blake/Fish def. WC Dietrich/Rea - 6-2, 3-6, 6-0