Sam Warburg Advances to Finals at Icy Hot/ITA All-American Championships
Oct. 9, 2004
Chattanooga, Tenn. - Senior Sam Warburg advanced to the finals of the men's singles draw at the Icy Hot/ITA All-American Championships in Chattanooga on Saturday afternoon. Warburg will face Mississippi's Catalin Gard, the tournament's No. 1 seed, in Sunday's championship match.
The tournament's No. 2 seed, Warburg defeated Harvard's Jonathan Chu, 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals on Saturday morning. Warburg then handed Louisiana State's Ken Skupski a 7-6, 6-1 defeat to advance to Sunday's final. He will face Gard in a match scheduled for 10:30 am on Sunday morning. The match will mark the first time that a No. 1 seed and a No. 2 seed have met in the finals of the Icy Hot/ITA All-American Championships since 1991, when recently inducted Stanford Hall of Fame member Alex O'Brien claimed the tournament title.
Warburg is looking to continue Stanford's winning tradition at the Icy Hot/ITA All-American Championships. The Cardinal leads all schools with six singles champions at this event, including four champs between 1995-2001. A senior from Sacramento, Calif., Warburg was named ITA National Player to Watch last season after improving his national singles ranking by 66 spots during the course of last season (from No. 71 to No. 5). During the summer, he improved his ATP Entry Ranking by more than 600 spots.
The Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championships offer the first national singles and doubles titles of the season, and are followed by the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in November.
The top eight seeds in singles for the Oct. 7-10 main draw are (in order): Catalin Gard of Mississippi, Sam Warburg of Stanford, Jesse Witten of Kentucky, Hamid Mirzadeh of Florida, Doug Stewart of Virginia, Gabor Zoltan Pelva of Auburn, Pedro Rico of Pepperdine and Izak van der Merwe of Old Dominion. Auburn's Pelva reached the semifinals at last May's NCAA Championships. Stanford's Warburg and KC Corkery are the defending NCAA doubles champions and will be the top seeds in doubles. All told, 46 of the top 50 players in the preseason ITA singles rankings are competing in this year's main draw.
Updated results can be viewed on the official website of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association at www.itatennis.com.
Men's Main Singles (Quarterfinals)
1. Sam Warburg (Stanford) def. Jonathan Chu (Harvard), 6-1, 6-3
Men's Main Singles (Semifinals)
1. Sam Warburg (Stanford) def. Ken Skupski (Louisiana State), 7-6, 6-1