Oct. 9, 2013
Three of Rice's four entries in the Turkish Airlines $15,000 Futures of Houston saw their hopes for advancement end with losses during action on Wednesday at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium. However all the Owls will join with officials from USTA to host a special Kids Night event after the completion of play on Thursday.
Srikar Alla and Adam Gustafsson while David Warren and Zachary Yablon fell in doubles. .
Alla met the tournament's top seed, former Texas Longhorn Edward Corrie, and continued his strong play that earned him a spot in the main draw after three wins in the qualifying round. Alla and Corrie were tied through eight games of the first set before Corrie broke serve in the ninth game. In the second set, Alla used an early break to take a 3-1 lead, only to see Corrie rebound to win the match 6-4, 6-4.
Gustafsson fell to former Texas A&M All American Jeff Dadamo, 6-0, 6-1.
Freshmen Yablon and Warren could not take advantage of an early break in their first set against Rifat Biktyakov and Jakob Sude, and saw their hopes for advancement end in a 6-4, 6-2 loss.
Sophomore Tommy Bennett is the Owls' lone remaining entry in the tourney. He advanced to the round of 16 in singles with a three-set victory over Bernard Wezeman of the Netherlands and will meet the tourney's eight seed, Tyler Hochwalt on Thursday. Bennett's match will not begin before 11 a.m. and will be held on the Jake Hess Stadium Court.
Kids Day, will run from 5-7 p.m. at Jake Hess and will feature a free tennis clinic offered by members of the Rice men's team and coaches, in addition to USTA staff and tournament players. The first 100 children will receive a free t-shirt. There will be additional door prizes, goody bags from Tennis Express and free pizza.