Prakash Amritraj Falls In First Round of NCAAs

May 21, 2003

ATHENS, Ga. - In his first career appearance at the NCAA Individual Championships in Athens, Ga., USC men's tennis sophomore Prakash Amritraj did not get what he had come to expect at the postseason tournament. Despite winning the 2002 NCAA Team Championship and being named NCAA Tournament MVP on his first try as a freshman, Amritraj was unable to recreate the magic in singles this season.

Amritraj fell to 9-16 seed Hamid Mirzadeh of Florida in a first round three-set match that was played both outdoors and indoors on Wednesday. After dropping the first set 6-3, Amritraj stormed back with a 6-1 win in the second set, but could not maintain the pace in a 6-2 third-set loss.

The men's tennis doubles championship begins on Thursday, May 22. Amritraj, and partner Daniel Langre, will face No. 5 seed Michael Kogan and Victor Romero of Tulane in the opening round.

2003 NCAA Singles Championships

First Round - May 21
Hamid Mirzadeh (Florida) def. Prakash Amritraj (USC) - 6-3, 1-6, 6-2

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