Peter Smith Powers To Men's 40s National Title
Dec. 16, 2005
USC men's tennis head coach Peter Smith was unstoppable at the recent USTA National Hard Court Championships in La Jolla, Calif., as he reeled off six match wins to claim the men's 40s singles title on Dec. 4. The championship match pitted fourth-seeded Smith against top seed Ned Caswell, and Smith took control of the title match with a 6-1, 6-3 victory.
Smith made his first statement in the tournament's opening round of 64 with a clean 6-0, 6-0 sweep of his opponent. Smith never lost a set throughout the competition, as he dispatched Manuel Ortiz 6-2, 6-3; then beat Paul Settles (also his doubles partner in the tournament) 6-3, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals. There, Smith met Kelly Ward and posted a 6-3, 6-1 victory. The semifinal match was a battle with No. 5 seed Mike Fedderly, and Smith once more reigned supreme with a decisive 6-1, 6-1 that earned Smith a place in the 2005 title match.
Playing doubles alongside his Round of 16 opponent Paul Settles, Smith reached the quarterfinals. The duo fell in that match and went on to with their next three consolation games to eventually win 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the consolation final.