Men's Tennis Sophomore Wins Hard Court Championship

Aug. 14, 2002

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (USTA) -- USC men's tennis sophomore Prakash Amritraj (Encino, Calif) captured the USTA Boys' 18s Super National Hard Court Championships, on Sunday, Aug. 11. Amritraj, the No. 2 seed, defeated No. 8 Doug Stewart, 18, of Malibu, Calif., in the best-of-five set final, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, at the Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich., in a battle between two native Southern Californians.

A serve-and-volley player, Amritraj turned the match in his favor when he began approaching the net more after Stewart, a baseliner, pinned him in the backcourt throughout the first set. With the victory, Amritraj earned a wild-card entry into the upcoming U.S. Open in New York

Amritraj led USC to the NCAA team championship as a freshman in May and was named the NCAA Tournament's Most Valuable Player after clinching the Trojans' last three victories. Stewart upset No. 1 seed Brian Baker of Nashville, Tenn., in the semifinals on Saturday and will be a freshman at Virginia in the fall.

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