Sept. 13, 2009
Tulsa, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma men’s tennis program sent two standout players, Andrei Daescu and Costin Paval, to compete in the Tulsa Region $50,000 Challenger, hosted at Philcrest Hills Tennis Club.
Daescu, a senior, managed to qualify for the main draw, Sunday, for the first time in his career.
Daescu, who competed at the No. 1 singles position for the Sooners last spring, is one-of-four players to qualify for the main draw competition after defeating a trio of highly-ranked players.
Daescu won his first round match against Holden Seguso (1157 ATP-ranking) 1-6, 6-3, 7-6. He followed that performance by defeating, the events No. 1 seed, Stephen Bass (354 ATP) 6-4, 6-3. Then claimed his spot in the main event after beating Nicolas Meister (1202 ATP) 7-6, 6-4.
Oklahoma's newest player, Costin Paval, began the event strong, defeating Ashley Watling (1334 ATP) 6-1, 6-3. However, Paval was up-ended by that nations No. 1 collegiate player, who boasts a career high ATP ranking of 472, Aleksandr Nedovyesov, 6-4, 6-3.
Next up for Paval is the doubles portion of the main draw. Paval will partner with Jiri Malek, a Tunis native and currently ranked 392 in the ATP rankings. The duo will take on Ashley Watling and Phil Stevens on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
The Challenger Tour is the springboard to fame for the future stars of professional tennis. At these events up-and-coming players compete to earn ATP Ranking points that qualify them to compete at the very top levels of competition.
For updates on the event visit SoonerSports.com.