Bruch, Muller to Compete at All-American Championships
Oct. 1, 2007
Juniors Matt Bruch and Blake Muller lead a group of four Cardinal players who will compete in the Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championships at the University of Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center, from October 4-7. Bruch will play in the main singles draw beginning Oct. 4 and he will team with Muller in the main doubles draw. Sophomore Richard Wire and freshman Alex Clayton will compete in the qualifying singles draw beginning Oct. 1.
Bruch begins the season ranked No. 36 in the nation in singles. He and Muller are ranked No. 2 in the ITA pre-season rankings. Both Wire (No. 48) and Clayton (No. 111) are nationally ranked heading into the 2007-08 season. Clayton and Wire will also compete in the qualifying doubles draw
This year's main draw includes the best and the brightest men's tennis players in the nation, including last year's NCAA singles champion and the No. 1-ranked player in the nation, Somdev Devvarman from Virginia. He'll have some tough competition, however, as last year's All-American champion, Arnau Brugues from Tulsa, returns to defend his title, ranked No. 3 in the nation by the latest ITA national singles rankings.
Joining Devvarman and Brugues from atop the rankings, which were released by the ITA last Friday, will be No. 2 Steven Moneke from Ohio State, No. 4 Travis Helgeson from Georgia, and No. 5 Luke Shields of Boise State. On the doubles side, all ten of the top-ranked teams are in as well, including No. 1 Devarman and Treat Huey from Virginia and No. 2 Bruch and Muller from Stanford, and one half of last year's finalist doubles team, Matko Maravic, from Michigan..
The Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championships include five days of qualifying events that precede the October 4-7 main draw. A 128-player pre-qualifying tournament takes place Sept. 29-30. This feeds into 128-player and 64-doubles team qualifying tournaments Oct.1-3, which then feeds into the 64-player, 32-doubles team main draws.
The Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championships offer the first national singles and doubles titles of the 2007-08 collegiate tennis season, and are followed by the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in November and the third event is the season-ending NCAA Championships in May.
This year's event is being hosted by the University of Tulsa for the third straight time, at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center - site of the 2004 and 2008 NCAA Championships. The Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championships returned to a college campus for the first time since 1999 in 2006. This event had been hosted by the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn., from 2002-04 and the Lincoln Tennis Center in Stone Mountain, Ga., served as host site in 2000-01. Prior to Stone Mountain, it enjoyed a nine-year stint at the University of Texas. The University of Georgia and UCLA have also served as hosts.
Past champions include current professional stars such as James Blake (in 1998 as a sophomore at Harvard), Bob Bryan (in 1997 as a sophomore at Stanford) and John Isner (in 2006 as a junior at Georgia).