Sestini, Abreu Head to Michigan for National Indoors
Nov. 5, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas
Sophomore Rafael Abreu and junior Fabrizio Sestini of the TCU men's tennis team will be among the nation's most elite players when they begin play in the 2003 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships tomorrow in Ann Arbor, Mich. The tournament is being hosted by the University of Michigan at its Varsity Tennis Center for the first time after a nine-year stint with SMU at Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas. Sestini and Abreu will face No. 4-ranked Andrew Colombo and Gabor Zoltan Pelva of Auburn in the first round.
The event features a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field for men and women, including: champions from ITA Regional Championships held across the country during the past two weeks, the ITA National Small College champions, the winners of the Icy Hot/ITA Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships and at-large and wild card selections made last week by the ITA National Tournament Committee. Sestini and Abreu qualified by winning the ITA South Central Regional Championships in Fort Worth by defeating a pair from Baylor.
The ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships were inaugurated in 1978 for the men and 1984 for the women, and recent participants include current professionals James Blake (Harvard), Bob and Mike Bryan (Stanford), Laura Granville (Stanford) and Brian Vahaly (Virginia). Longtime pros Todd Martin (Northwestern) and Lisa Raymond (Florida) are also among the past singles champions. Host Michigan's MaliVai Washington, a 1996 Wimbledon finalist, won the 1989 men's singles title by upending teammate and current UM assistant Dan Goldberg in the final.
The Horned Frogs are no strangers to success at the National Indoor Championships. In 1994 and 1995, former TCU standout Paul Robinson reached the singles title bout. Ashley Fisher was the last Horned Frog to compete in the event. Sestini and Abreu are the first Purple and White doubles tandem to appear in the draw since Dave Roditi and Robinson in 1996. Roditi and Robinson were the consolation champions in 1994.