Robert Farah Moves Into All-America Main Draw

Oct. 3, 2007

USC sophomore Robert Farah emerged victorious on Wednesday to move into the main draw as a qualifier in the Polo Ralph Lauren Men's All-American in Tulsa, Okla. With a 6-3, 6-4 win over UC Santa Barbara's Philip Therp, Farah will join senior Kaes Van't Hof in the singles main draw on Thursday. The pair are also teamed up as USC's doubles duo in the main draw doubles, also beginning Thursday.

Farah was one of three Trojans who had advanced into Wednesday's third round of qualifying. Sophomore Gary Sacks was upended in the third round by Arizona's Claudio Christen 6-4, 6-2 to come up short of the main draw. Freshman Jaak Poldma also fell in the third round, losing in a three-set battle 6-7 (4), 7-5, 7-3 to San Diego's Thomas Liversage.

On Thursday, Farah is lined up to face Nick Rinks of Michigan State in the first round of the All-American main draw. USC teammate #43 Kaes Van't Hof will take on Tennessee's Chris Racz.

In doubles play, Farah/Van't Hof are set to face the 5-8 seeded Alabama pair of Dan Buikema-Matt Thibaudeau at 6 p.m.

#125 Farah is coming off a freshman season in which he posted a 22-7 overall singles record, and also went 22-7 in doubles playing with Van't Hof. #43 Van't Hof reached the NCAA Singles Tournament in 2007, finishing his junior season with a 30-8 overall singles record.

Polo Ralph Lauren Men's All-American
(All USC results)


PREQUALIFYINGSAT., SEPT. 29First RoundJack Levis (USC) - byeDaniel Gliner (USC) - bye

Second RoundDarren Walsh (SMU) def. Jack Levis (USC) - 7-5, 6-4Daniel Gliner (USC) def. Ike Belk (CLEM) - 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6)

SUN., SEPT. 30Third RoundRob McKenzie (OKLA) def. Gliner (USC) - 6-4, 6-3

QUALIFYINGMON., OCT. 1First RoundGary Sacks (USC) def. Austen Childs (LOU) - 7-5, 7-5Robert Farah (USC) def. Robin Fahgen (SMU) - 6-1, 6-2Jaak Poldma (USC) def. Jakub Dybala (MonST) - 6-2, 6-0Ralph Knupfer (Rice) def. Jason McNaughton (USC) - 6-2, 6-3

TUES., OCT. 2Second RoundGary Sacks (USC) def. Dominic Inglot (UVA) - 7-6(4), 6-2Robert Farah (USC) def. Alex Lacroix (FLA) - 6-3, 6-4Jaak Poldma (USC) def. Omar Laalej (DREX) - 6-1, 3-6, 6-1

WED., OCT. 3Third RoundClaudio Christen (Arizona) def. Sacks (USC) - 6-4, 6-2Farah (USC) def. Philip Therp (UCSB) - 6-3, 6-4Thomas Liversage (San Diego) def. Poldma (USC) - 6-7 (4), 7-5, 7-3

MAIN DRAWTHURS., OCT. 4First RoundKaes Van't Hof (USC) vs. Chris Racz (TENN) - 9:30 a.m.Robert Farah (USC) vs. Nick Rinks (MICHST) - 10 a.m.


QUALIFYINGTUES., OCT. 2First RoundJack Levis/Gary Sacks (USC) def. Galic/Rux (BAY) - 9-7Jason McNaughton/Jaak Poldma (USC) def. Lloyd/Salec (Radford) - w/o

Second RoundGonzales/Starke (Pacific) def. Levis/Sacks - 8-3Shields/Shields (Boise) def. McNaughton/Poldma (USC) - 8-3

MAIN DRAWTHURS., OCT. 4First RoundFarah/Van't Hof (USC) vs. Buikema/Thibaudeau (ALA) - 6 p.m.

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