Oct. 28, 2001
For Immediate Release October 28, 2001
GEORGIA TECH’S ROGER ANDERSON WINS ITA REGION II SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP ATLANTA — Georgia Tech junior tennis player Roger Anderson completed an impressive weekend performance on Sunday by winning the main draw of the Omni Hotels Region II Championship in Chapel Hill, N.C. The event is one of 17 qualifying tournaments for the ITA National Indoor Championships, which is the second of three major championships on the collegiate tennis circuit. The Region II event was played at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina.
Anderson opened play on Sunday with a semifinal match-up against Florida State’s Romain Jurd and won easily in straight sets. He took control of the match early winning the first set by a 6-2 score, before rolling once again in the second set to win by a 6-1 count. Anderson was then matched up with 10th-seeded David Lowenthals of Wake Forest in the final match and jumped on top early with a 6-1 opening-set win. The second set was much closer, but Anderson held on for a decisive 7-5 win. The victory was Anderson’s second tournament title of his Yellow Jacket career and the top performance on his fall resume to date.
The Pietermaritzburg, South Africa native entered the event as the tournament’s fifth seed and rolled along through the main draw without losing a set in any of his five matches. He will now have a spot in the national indoors as one of 17 regional champions to earn automatic bids to the event, which begin on Nov. 8 and is being hosted by SMU at the Brookhaven Country Club near Dallas in Farmers Branch, Texas. Anderson and doubles partner David Wright will wait to see if they earn an at-large bid to the event later this week.
Full tournament draws and results from the Region II event are available at www.tennisinformation.com.