Prakash Amritraj Wins First Round Match At 2002 Mercedes-Benz Cup
July 23, 2002
LOS ANGELES - USC men's tennis sophomore Prakash Amritraj and his cousin Stephen Amritraj picked up an opening round win at the 2002 Mercedes-Benz Cup on the UCLA campus at the L.A. Tennis Center on Monday, July 22.
The Amritrajs upset former college greats George Bastl (USC) and Sandon Stolle (TCU) 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the first round of men's doubles. Stolle is currently No. 8 in the ATP Doubles Race and Bastl is coming off a singles victory over Pete Sampras in the opening round of Wimbledon.
Their fathers, former tennis greats Vijay and Anand, won this tournament back in 1975 and with this win, the Amritraj family became the first to have brothers and sons win an ATP level match.
Prakash was honored as the Most Valuable Player of the 2002 NCAA Championships in May as he helped the Trojans to their 16th national title. Stephen will be a freshman at Duke this fall.
Also participating in this week's tournament is USC alum Cecil Mamiit. As a freshman at USC in 1996, Mamiit captured the NCAA singles title, becoming the first freshman to do so since John McEnroe for Stanford in 1978.