Johan Berg Advances To Round Of 16 At ITA Championships

Oct. 11, 2003

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Men's tennis junior Johan Berg made the most of an unexpected opportunity in his first fall tournament of the season. After receiving a 'lucky loser' spot in the main draw of the 2003 Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championship, Berg advanced to the Round of 16 before falling to eventual finalist Benedickt Dorsch of Baylor.

The tournament, which featured a prequalifier, qualifier and main draw, was held at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn., last week.

Berg was selected to enter the championship in the qualifying round, held Oct. 7-8. There, he defeated 10th-seeded Matias Ormaza of Georgia, 6-2, 7-5, in the first round, but fell to Clayton Almeida of Winthrop, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, in the second round.

Despite the loss, Berg became the fortunate recipient of the 'lucky loser's' spot when a main draw player dropped out due to injury.

Berg went on to defeat Mississippi's 16th-seeded Paul Ciorascu in the opener of the main draw, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1. In the Round of 32 he beat Alabama's Stephen Mitchell in two sets, 7-5, 7-5, but eventually fell to top-seed Dorsch in the following round, 7-6(2), 6-3. Dorsch advanced to the final were he fell to Alex Vlaski of Washington for the championship.

Following are the complete tournament results.

2003 Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championship
Oct. 7-12, 2003 - Chattanooga, Tenn. (The Champions Club)

Main Draw Singles Results (Oct. 9-12)

First Round (Round of 64)
Johan Berg (USC) def. Paul Ciorascu (Mississippi) - 1-6, 6-3, 6-1

Second Round (Round of 32)
Johan Berg (USC) def. Stephen Mitchell (Alabama) - 7-5, 7-5

Round of 16
Benedikt Dorsch (Baylor) def. Johan Berg (USC) - 7-6(2), 6-3

Qualifying Singles Results (Oct. 7-8)

First Round (Round of 64)
Johan Berg (USC) def. Matias Ormaza (Georgia) - 6-2, 7-5

Second Round (Round of 32)
Clayton Almeida (Winthrop) def. Johan Berg (USC) - 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

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