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Wildcats Compete in Tulsa at All-American Championship
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 01, 2006
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TULSA, Okla. ?- Two University of Arizona men’s tennis players took the court Saturday in the first round of pre-qualifying at the Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Championship.


Coming into today’s action head coach Tad Berkowitz was optimistic, “The expectations are high. It would be realistic to expect Bruno (Alcala) and Peter (Zimmer) to make it through the pre-qualifying draw.”


Zimmer was poised and focused, winning his first round match against Texas Christian?'s Radu Barbu 6-2, 7-6.


“This is the biggest tournament of Peter’s collegiate career thus far. For him to come out and play as comfortably and relaxed as he did is awesome,” commented Berkowitz.


Alcala was not as fortunate, falling out of the tournament with a three-set loss to the University of Tulsa’s Lucques Maasdorp 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-2. The loss was disappointing for Alcala, who was coming off of a strong showing at the USTA Costa Mesa Futures two weeks ago.


In his second match of the day Zimmer faced Christopher Racz, a freshman from the University of Tennessee and a former top-50 international junior. Zimmer, a sophomore, lost a tightly-contested first set in a tiebreak, but battled back to even the match at one set apiece. The third set was close throughout, but Zimmer was able to gain the service break that allowed him to win the set and match 6-7, 6-4, 7-5.


The Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Championship is the first of three college “grand slams” which feature all of the nation’s top collegiate players. The next two days will be highlighted by three rounds of pre-qualifying. Individuals fortunate enough to make it through those rounds will then be placed in a draw with the players previously selected to compete in qualifying. Among the players already selected for the qualifying rounds is Arizona’s Claudio Christen.


The Wildcats currently have two players remaining in the field. Christen will play his first match on Monday before pairing with Zimmer to compete in the doubles tournament. Zimmer hopes to gain entrance into the qualifying draw with a victory tomorrow over Irving Morales, a junior representing the University of Troy in Alabama.



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