Men's Tennis Players Go 5-1 at USTA Futures Tourney
Nov. 10, 2002
COSTA MESA, Calif. - No. 63-ranked Manuel Kost, Sven Swinnen and Oded Teig each won their first round matches at the USTA Futures Tournament in Costa Mesa, Calif., Sunday. Kost and Swinnen also advanced to the third round with impressive victories in their second-round matches.
'Once again, it's a great opportunity and I think the guys are benefitting from being here,' head coach Chris Russell said. 'We're glad to finally get out of the rain and get some matches in.'
The tournament, which features collegiate and non-collegiate players with future professional aspirations, was rained out the first two days, pushing first-round action back to Sunday morning. Kost lost only two games through the first two rounds, defeating Sean Nagel and Robert Sabo in straight sets.
Swinnen picked up arguably the most impressive victory of the day with a second-round win over No. 12-seeded Casey Smith. Smith is a former All-American who played college tennis at Notre Dame, and Swinnen won the tight match, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. Swinnen also won his first-round match in three sets.
Teig won a hard-fought first-round match against Ogidi Obi, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, but could not hold on against Phil Metz, losing in straight sets. Kost and Swinnen will continue play Monday morning, weather permitting.