Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Men?s Tennis Wins Opening Match
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 21, 2007
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Coming into its first match of the spring season, the Arizona men’s tennis team had not lost a home opener since 1999. That streak continued as the No. 48 Wildcats defeated Northern Arizona 6-1 Saturday at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.


In the first match of the day, Juniors Bruno Alcala and Claudio Christen paired up to compete against senior Gareth Ducray and sophomore Fernando Freitas. The match was close, but Arizona prevailed in a tiebreaker 9-8(3). Freshman Milos Romic and sophomore Peter Zimmer needed a tiebreaker as well to defeat Bradley Bristow and Trent Hayward 9-8(0). Francois VanderMerwe and Ravid Hezi secured the doubles point for Arizona with an 8-5 victory over Jeffrey Morys and Michael Platzer.


The singles lineup for the Wildcats featured three freshman making their singles debuts. Playing in the No. 6 spot, Alex Labrosse defeated sophomore Chris Arena 6-3, 6-2, while Hezi and Romic both played competitive matches that went three sets. Assistant Coach Tom Lloyd was pleased with the performances of the freshman, “This was a good match for the young guys to get the butterflies out. It was nice to see Ravid and Alex pick up wins, and even though Milos lost, he fought hard to force his match into a third set.”


Christen, Zimmer, and Alcala all won their singles matches in straight sets at the No. 1, 3, and 4 positions, respectively.


The Arizona men’s tennis team will play its next match on Monday Jan. 22, as it hosts St. Mary’s College from Moraga, Calif. The match will take place at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center and will begin at noon.


No. 48 Arizona 6, Northern Arizona 1


1. Christen/Alcala (UA) def Ducray/Freitas (NAU) 9-8(3)

2. VanderMerwe/Hezi (UA) def. Morys/Platzer (NAU) 8-5

3. Romic/Zimmer (UA) def. Bristow/Trent Hayward (NAU) 9-8(0)



1. Christen (UA) def. Gareth Ducray (NAU) 7-5, 6-0

2. Hezi (UA) def. Fernando Freitas (NAU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

3. Zimmer (UA) def. Michael Platzer (NAU) 6-1, 6-3

4. Alcala (UA) def. Bradley Bristow (NAU) 6-2, 6-4

5. Jeffrey Morys (NAU) def. Romic (UA) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5

6. A. Labrosse (UA) def. Chris Arena (NAU) 6-3, 6-2

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