CHARLOTTESVILLE -- Play began Thursday at the 2008 ITA National Indoor Championships at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar's Head Sports Club. It is the first national tennis championship hosted by the University of Virginia.
The opening day of play began with doubles and the Cavaliers posted an early upset. The team of Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) and Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) upset No. 2 seed Austin Krajicek and Conor Pollock of Texas A&M 9-7 in the opening round. The Cavalier team of Dominic Inglot (London, England) and Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) suffered an 8-6 loss to Geoff Chizever and Pedro Zerbini of Cal in the first round.
In the women's doubles, the Cavalier team of Amanda Rales (Bethesda, Md.) and Maggie Yahner (Las Vegas, Nev.) fell to Megan Falcon and Mykala Hedberg of LSU 8-4 in the opening round.
In singles, Singh won his first round match, topping Fabio Silva of Fresno Pacific 6-2, 6-2. Inglot fell in the first round to Bruno Rosa of Rice 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 and Shabaz was defeated by No. 6 seed Arnau Brugues of Tulsa 7-6, 6-2.
In the women's draw, Jennifer Stevens (Miami, Fla.) topped Taylor Ormond of Baylor 6-3, 6-4 in the first round.
The tournament continues on Friday at the Boar's Head Sports Club with action beginning at 10 a.m. Admission is free.
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