Alex Kim Wins ITA Indoor Singles Championship
Feb. 4, 2001
FARMERS BRANCH, Tex. - Stanford senior Alex Kim (Potomac, MD) came from behind to win the ITA Indoor singles title Sunday afternoon at the Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the third leg of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Grand Slam at the Brookhaven Country Club.
Kim defeated No. 4 Oskar Johansson of Arkansas 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 in the final to become the third Stanford player to win an Indoor Championship. The win also improved Kim's winning streak to 17 matches, dating back to last season. Kim is 7-0 this year in his senior campaign.
'I would have liked to have won that first set after being up two breaks,' Kim said. 'You can't get away with that at the next level. But overall, I dug it out and was fortunate to pull out the victory.'
Kim's road to the final included four straight wins, two over ranked opponents. He defeated SMU's Alexis Rudzinski in the first round and Virginia's Huntley Montgomery in the second. In the quarterfinals, it was Georgia's No. 15 Lesley Joseph who Kim beat followed by Duke's No. 11 Ramsey Smith in the semifinals. Kim lost only two sets throughout the tournament.
On Saturday, Kim was also presented with the inaugural James O'Hara Sargent Sportsmanship Award. This award recognizes a men's and women's player for displaying outstanding sportsmanship and exemplifying the spirit of college tennis during the course of the Rolex National Intercollegiates. The recipients are selected by the ITA Tournament Committee.
The award is given in memory of Jim Sargent, Media Manager for Rolex Watch,U.S.A., who was involved in a fatal car accident last Sept.14, 2000. Jim Sargent was a great friend of college tennis, an ITA All American, who competed with outstanding success and sportsmanship at Lynchburg College, and afterwards continued as a special partner of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in his role with Rolex Watch, U.S.A.
FINALAlex Kim, Stanford def. Oskar Johansson, Arkansas, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4