Walker Advances to Singles Quarterfinals at ITA Summer Championships
Aug. 11, 2003
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Rising senior Lee Taylor Walker (Jackson, Tenn./Univ. School of Jackson) advanced to the quarterfinals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's National Summer Championships, hosted by the University of Indiana, with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Northwestern's Chuck Perrin, Sunday. Walker now faces Miami-Florida's Eric Hechtman in the first of four quarterfinals scheduled for play Monday at 10:15 a.m. Hechtman is looking to take out another seeded player after taking out the tournament's top seed, Western Michigan's Chris Wettengel, 6-2, 6-1, in the Round of 32.
Walker is among the top eight seeded players at the Summer Championships, with Western Michigan's Chris Wettengel earning the top seed. Wettengel lost to Hechtman in the Round of 32. A rising senior who teamed with Tennessee's Wade Orr last year to win the doubles title at the same tournament, Walker was part of a Tiger men's tennis duo that ranked as high as No. 12 in the country at one point during his junior season.
No. 2 seed Chris Martin from Illinois, No. 3 seed Rylan Rizza from Virginia are the only two of the top 4 seeds to advance to the quarterfinals. No. 7 Walker and No. 8 Avery Ticer are the only two of seeds 5-8 to advance to the quarterfinals.
The ITA National Summer Championships, presented by the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA), are the pinnacle of the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, which was played at 20 regional sites throughout the country last month. More than 14,000 men and women have competed in circuit events since it began in 1993. The singles and doubles champions from the ITA National Summer Championships earn wild cards into the first national tournaments of the 2003-04 college tennis season - the Icy Hot/ITA Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in October (the finalists earn wild cards into the qualifying tournament).