Jan. 7, 2000
Milwuakee - The UCLA men's tennis team made a strong showing at the 25th Milwaukee Tennis Classic Open, with all four of UCLA's participants surviving at least through the third round of competition, including 12th-seeded freshman Lassi Ketola who reached the quarterfinals.
In singles action, Ketola paced the Bruins, recording early wins over DePaul's Maciek Jozwiak (6-4, 6-4) and TCU's Jimmy Haney (6-4, 6-1). He then went on to post third and fourth round wins over Duke's Yorke Allen (6-4, 6-3) and Tennessee's Andy Crews (6-4, 6-2), respectively. In the quarterfinals, Ketola fell 6-4, 6-3 to top-seeded Daniel Anderson of Virginia Commonwealth.
Senior Jong-Min Lee reached the fourth round after defeating BYU's Carlos Lozano 6-4, 6-2, Cal's David Tzou 6-1, 6-0 and NC State's Eric Jackson 6-0, 6-1. In the fourth round, Lee fought hard against Southern Alabama's Christain Thall, but eventually fell 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
Fourth-seeded Chris Sands, UCLA's highest-seeded player, fell 6-4, 6-3 in the third round to Illinois' Jamal Parker. Earlier in the tournament, Sands defeated MATC's Brain Smith 6-3, 7-5 and Minnesota's Martin Michalowski 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-1 in the first and second rounds, respectively.
Senior Brandon Kramer also survived until the third round before top-seeded Anderson handed him a him 6-3, 6-3 loss. Kramer defeated Marquette's Justin Holsen 6-2, 6-4 in the first round and advanced to the third round after a second round default.
In doubles action, both of UCLA's doubles teams are still alive. The Lee/Ketola duo will compete in the fourth round after winning by default in the first round and defeating Clemson's Gojanovic and Hopke 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-1 in the second round and BYU's Lozano/Losee 6-3, 6-2 in the third.
The seventh-seeded Kramer/Sands pair cruised into the third round after victories over Michigan's Rolf/Edelson (6-2, 6-2) and Wisconsin Greenbay's Carnell/Heidenberger (6-1, 6-2).
The Milwaukee Tennis Classic runs Jan. 4-8 and is one of the largest and longest running collegiate invitiational tennis tournaments in the United States. Some of the top players in the country will be competing in this four-day event.