Bruch Forced to Retire in Opening Round of NCAA's
May 23, 2007
Matt Bruch, who battled injuries throughout the 2007 season, was forced to retire in the first set of his opening round match at the NCAA Championships in Athens, GA., after twisting his right ankle. Bruch was trailing Erling Tveit of Mississippi State, 4-1, when he rolled his ankle and was unable to continue.
Bruch is scheduled to play doubles tomorrow with Blake Muller, but his status is unclear at this point. Bruch, of course, is coming off an impressive Pac-10 Tournament in which he won five straight matches to win the conference singles championship. He and Muller won four matches to win the Pac-10 doubles title.
'We're very disappointed with today's outcome,' said Cardinal head coach John Whitlinger. 'Matt was hitting the ball real well in the first few games and was getting close to being healthy for the first time all season. It's very unfortunate. We're going to try and play doubles tomorrow, but we'll have to see how he feels.'
Bruch was ranked No. 58 in the nation heading into today's match. Tveit was seeded No. 9-16 at the NCAA's and ranked No. 13 in the country.
Singles - Round of 64
Erling Tveit (Mississippi State) def. Matt Bruch (Stanford), 4-1, Ret. inj.