Clayton Receives No. 8 Seed in NCAA Singles Championship, Will Face Radford's Martin Sayer
May 20, 2008
STANFORD, Calif - Seventh-ranked freshman Alex Clayton received the No. 8 seed in the 2008 NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship and will face Radford's No. 103 Martin Sayer on Thursday, May 22 at 12 p.m. in Tulsa, Okla. at the University of Tulsa.
Clayton is the only men's representative from Stanford to play in the singles draw this year, and will try to become Stanford's, 14th singles champion, and first singles champion since 2000, when Alex Kim took home the crown. Stanford has racked up 13 NCAA Singles Championships in program history, and is second only to Harvard, who owns 16.
The Fort Lauderdale, Fla. native has gone 26-8 overall and 17-6 in dual matches in the 2007-08 season. Recently, he was named the ITA West Region Rookie of the Year. His longest winning streak was six matches, achieved twice, once at the All-American Championships in October, where he advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to then ranked No.4 Travis Helgeson of Georgia, and in dual matches from February 22 to March 28.
Against nationally-ranked opponents, he has accumulated a 15-7 record, with notable wins coming against Baylor's Denes Lukacs at the All-American Championships, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, Florida's Greg Ouellette at the ITA Indoor National Championships, 6-3, 6-4, and USC's Robert Farah in a dual match on February 2, 6-3, 6-1.
Live scoring from Clayton's match against Sayer, as well as each match of the 2008 NCAA Championships can be found on Tulsa's Tournament Central Page. Should Clayton defeat Sayer, he will face the winner of No. 43 Austen Childs (Louisville) and No. 23 Harel Srugo (UCLA) the following day.
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