TULSA, Okla. ?- Roger Matalonga began play today in the 26th annual Men’s All-American Championships. Matalonga, who is ranked #30 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s preseason rankings, was the lone Wildcat to qualify for the tournament. In his first match, Matalonga faced Louisiana State’s 17th-ranked Ken Skupski. Matalonga easily defeated Skupski in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0 to advance to the second round on the tournament.
In the round of 32, Matalonga defeated another ranked player, #125 Chris Klingemann from Ohio State University. Once again, he won in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5. Tomorrow he will face North Carolina’s #27 Raian Luchici in the round of 16.
The tournament is the first chance of the fall season for players to compete for a national singles or doubles championship. Previous winners include Todd Martin and James Blake.
Singles (Round of 64)
#30 Matalonga, Roger (UA) def. #17 Skupski, Ken (LSU) 6-4, 6-0
Singles (Round of 32)
#30 Matalonga, Roger (UA) def. #125 Klingemann, Chris (Ohio St.) 6-4, 7-5