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Christen 10-04-07
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/04/2007
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TULSA , Okla. ??C?Senior Claudio Christen was able to turn some heads this week?at the Polo Ralph Lauren All American Championships. Christen advanced to the main draw of the tournament by beating Gary Sacks of USC in the qualifying round; 6-4, 6-2, on Wednesday.

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Christen then played No. 45 Andy Juc of Furman today in the opening round and won; 6-3, 6-1. For his second round match in the main draw, he took on No. 12 Adam Holmstrom from Denver but lost; 6-4, wo.

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Christen, ranked No. 75 in the Fila Preseason Menˇ?s Singles rankings, will likely move up when the next set of rankings are published.

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?ˇ?For Claudio to come in here and be able to win four out of five games is very big for our program,ˇ± said Head Coach Tad Berkowitz.??ˇ?Iˇ?m extremely proud of his individual effort as well as the teamˇ?s performance as a whole.ˇ±

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This was a very gratifying event for Christen, who last year competed in the same tournament, but lost his opening round match.

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Overall, Christen finished the Polo Ralph Lauren All American Championships with a record of 4-1.

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Up next for the Wildcats is a trip to Midland, Texas to compete in the Midland Collegiate Invitational happening Oct. 12-14.

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