Strong Start at Central Regional
Release: Monday 10/18/2012 


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Junior Arthur Romanet won a pair of qualifying matches Thursday to play his way into the 64-man main draw at the ITA Central Regional Championships, where he will join four of his teammates Friday, highlighting the first day of action for the Braves.

Romanet and fellow Braves Ashton Kalhorn and Kevin Keiner combined to go 5-4 during the Men’s Singles qualifying Thursday.  All three Braves advanced to the second round: Romanet with a bye, while Kalhorn downed South Dakota State’s Luke Elifson (8-2) and Keiner dropped Nebraska’s Gagan Jain (8-1).

Romanet swept South Dakota State’s Parker Lawley in the second round (6-4, 6-3), while Kalhorn rallied for a 3-set win against Southern Illinois’ Szymon Oppeczonek (4-6, 6-4, 10-5).  Keiner fell into the Qualifier Consolation Draw by dropping a 6-1, 6-1 decision to Drake’s Jean Erasmus in the second round.

Romanet advanced to the main draw with a 3-set victory versus Minnesota’s Eric Frueh in the third round (6-2, 2-6, 10-6). Kalhorn, however, fell to Minnesota’s Ruben Weber (6-1, 6-3).

Keiner also lost his third match of the day, falling to South Dakota’s Andrea Boglic (6-1, 6-1) in the first round of the Qualifier Consolation Draw, then played an unscheduled bonus match against Southern Illinois’ Martin Admiraal.  After losing the first set, 6-3, Keiner retired in the second set while trailing, 3-1.

Romanet joins four Bradley teammates in Friday’s 64-player main draw, which includes Justin Abrams, Ahmed Albitar, Juan Diego Cuadrado and Hamish Weerasinghe.  Doubles action also begins Friday and will include two Bradley teams, Abrams/Cuadrado and Kalhorn/Weerasinghe.


Men’s Singles – Qualifying
Thursday, Oct. 18
1st Round  Arthur Romanet (Bradley) - BYE
1st Round  Ashton Kalhorn (Bradley) def. Luke Elifson (South Dakota State) 8-2
1st Round  Kevin Keiner (Bradley) def. Gagan Jain (Nebraska), 8-1
2nd Round  Arthur Romanet (Bradley) def. Parker Lawley (South Dakota State) 6-4, 6-3
2nd Round  Ashton Kalhorn (Bradley) def. Szymon Oppeczonek (Southern Illinois) 4-6, 6-4, 10-5
2nd Round  Jean Erasmus (Drake) def. Kevin Keiner (Bradley), 6-1, 6-1
3rd Round  Arthur Romanet (Bradley) def. Eric Frueh (Minnesota) 6-2, 2-6, 10-6
3rd Round  Ruben Weber (Minnesota) def. Ashton Kalhorn (Bradley) 6-1, 6-3


Men’s Singles – Qualifier Consolation Draw
Thursday, Oct. 18
Andrea Boglic (South Dakota) def. Kevin Keiner (Bradley) 6-1, 6-1
Martin Admiraal (Southern Illinois) def. Kevin Keiner (Bradley) 6-3, 3-1 retired

Men’s Open Singles – Round of 64
Friday, Oct. 19
2:30 p.m.  Hamish Weerasinghe (Bradley) vs. Jonny Rigby (Southern Illinois)
           Arthur Romanet (Bradley) vs. Billy Paluch (Creighton)
2:50 p.m.  Juan Diego Cuadrado (Bradley) vs. Jean Erasmus (Drake)
3:50 p.m.  Ahmed Albitar (Bradley) vs. Mike Nott (Arkansas)
4:40 p.m.  Justin Abrams (Bradley) vs. Badr Cherradi (Southern Illinois)

Men’s Open Doubles
Friday, Oct. 19
Bye        Ashton Kalhorn/Hamish Weerasinghe (Bradley)
9:00 a.m.  Abrams/Cuadrado/ vs. Alawadhi/Patino (UMKC)
9:50 a.m.  Kalhorn/Weerasinghe (Bradley) vs. Frueh/Ruddock (Minnesota)


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