Men's Tennis Kicks Off Fall At ITA All-American Championships

Oct. 1, 2004

Chattanooga, Tenn. -- The 2004-05 men's tennis season kicks off this weekend with the largest tournament of the year, the Icy Hot/ITA All-American Championships. The tournament, which runs from Oct. 2-10, is the first of three national collegiate championships up for grabs this season and also features over 350 competitors, making it the largest field in college tennis. Washington's men's tennis team will send three players to Tennessee including Alex Slovic, Chrisoph Palmanshofer and Daniel Chu.

The All-American Championships are organized into a series of qualifying tournaments to reach the main draw. Prequalifying rounds run from Oct. 2-4 and eight players will then advance to the Qualifying tournament. The qualifying bracket takes place from Oct. 5-6 with players then advancing to fill the 64-player main singles draw and 32-team main doubles draw which run from Oct. 7-10. All told, 46 of the top 50 players in the preseason ITA rankings are participating in the tournament.

Sophomore Alex Slovic, last year's ITA National Rookie of the Year, is ranked 14th in the preseason rankings and is an automatic entrant into the main draw. Palmanshofer, a senior ranked 88th, and Chu, a sophomore, both must advance through the Qualifying bracket to reach the main draw. Slovic and Chu are entered in the doubles qualifying bracket.

Husky senior Alex Vlaski won the singles championship at last year's event, becoming the first Husky to win a national tournament in 79 years. However, Vlaski will not return to defend his crown as he is taking the fall season to play in professional tournaments in a quest to boost his world ranking.

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