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End of the Road for Americans at St. Vincent Auxiliary USTA Men's Pro Tournament

April 12, 2003 04:50 PM

Brian Baker's championship hopes died in a heartbreaking three set loss to Argentinean Ignacio Hirigoyen Saturday afternoon in Little Rock. After winning the first set 6-3, Baker, from Nashville, TN, had the enthusiastic support of the crowd. Unfortunately, Baker could not carry over the first set momentum and lost 7-5 in the second. With the crowd's cheers going back and forth for each player, Ignacio outlasted Baker, taking the final set and the match, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

The doubles final was equally disappointing for two young Americans. Nick Crowell and Luke Shields lost in straight sets to Australians Jay Gooding and Jordan Kerr, 6-3, 6-4. The match was closer than the score indicated as every game featured strong play and long rallies.

St. Vincent Auxiliary USTA Men's Pro Tournament raised $47,000 for New Outlook Cancer Recovery Center. New Outlook helps women and their families overcome the challenges they face when fighting cancer. New Outlook opened in April 1996 and has provided services free of charge to thousands of men and women throughout the state regardless of where they received medical treatment.

St. Vincent’s Auxiliary and Rebsamen Tennis Center has sponsored this Professional Tennis tournament for 23 years, making it the longest running USTA Circuit Tournament in the nation. It is a major fundraising source for many health related initiatives to help Arkansans. In recent years the sponsorship and fundraising activities have been designated for the New Outlook Women’s Cancer Recovery Center. Last year, New Outlook served over 3,000 people by providing wigs, breast prosthesis, mastectomy bras, dietary counseling, makeup, hairstyling, support groups and fitness assistance to name a few.

USTA Futures tournaments typically feature some of the top ranked juniors, college players, and pros at the beginnings of their careers. Success at the Futures level prepares men for USTA Challenger tournaments, which often feature the same players who compete in ATP events and in the Grand Slams.

For more information about this event please contact Vickey Metrailer at 501-666-2764 or Arwen Hehmeyer at 501-580-0810.




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