Oct. 7, 2008
Georgia Tech’s Eliot Potvin and Kevin King lost consolation matches and were eliminated Tuesday, while King teamed with Guillermo Gomez to go 1-1 in doubles competition at the D’Novo All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla.
Gomez, a sophomore from Alicante, Spain, remains in Tulsa and is one of the 64 players who begin singles competition in the main draw on Thursday.
Potvin, a sophomore from Hampden, Maine, fell to Phil Stevens of Tulsa, 7-5, 7-5, while King, a freshman from Peachtree City, Ga., dropped his match against Marik Michalicka of Wisconsin, 6-3, 6-3.
“Eliot had a little bit of a letdown today after winning three matches over the weekend,” said Tech coach Kenny Thorne. “He made a few more unforced errors than he has. Still, he improved a lot here against some good competition. Kevin got behind early in his match, fought hard, but found it tough to come back.”
Meanwhile, Gomez, a sophomore from Alicante, Spain, warmed up for his singles competition by entering the qualifying draw in doubles with King, and the duo dispatched Evan Urbina and A.J. Young of Brigham Young, 8-2, in the first round. But Christoph Muller and Bruno Rosa of Rice, the third seed in the draw, sent the Tech pair home in the second round with a 9-8 victory, winning the tiebreaker by a 10-8 margin.
“Guillermo and Kevin played better than they did in Athens a couple weeks ago (where they went 1-1 and reached the quarterfinals),” said Thorne. “They served for the match and had a match point, but couldn’t convert. They played a lot smarter in this event.”