MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Bradley junior Hamish Weerasinghe knocked off a Missouri Valley Conference rival in the opening round of the main draw at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Regional Championships Friday at Baseline Tennis Center.
In two rounds of doubles and one round of singles play Friday, Weerasinghe’s win against Southern Illinois’ Jonny Rigby was Bradley’s lone win of the day. Weerasinghe earned a 6-0, 3-6, 6-0 win against the Salukis player to advance into Saturday’s Round of 32 against Iowa’s Jonas Diercrx.
Weerasinghe’s match was one of four first-round pairings against Valley opponents for the Braves. Juan Diego Cuadrado fell to Drake’s Jean Erasmus (6-2, 7-5), Arthur Romanet lost to Creighton’s Billy Paluch (7-5, 6-0) and Justin Abrams fell to Southern Illinois’ Badr Cherradi (6-1, 6-2). In the only non-conference match up for the Braves Friday, Ahmed Albitar fell to Arkansas’ Mike Nott (6-4, 6-4).
Friday’s action begin with doubles play. Weerasinghe and teammate Ashton Kalhorn received a first-round bye, before losing to the hometown duo of Minnesota’s Eric Frueh and Brendan Ruddock (8-5). Abrams and Cuadrado fell to UMKC’s Abdul Alawashi and Tomas Patine (8-2) in the Round of 64.
Results – Friday, Oct. 19
Doubles Round of 64
Ashton Kalhorn/Hamish Weerasinghe (Bradley) BYE
Abdul Alawadhi/Tomas Patino (UMKC) def. Justin Abrams/Juan Diego Cuadrado (Bradley) 8-2
Doubles Round of 32
Eric Frueh/Brendan Ruddock (Minnesota) def. Ashton Kalhorn/Hamish Weerasinghe (Bradley) 8-5
Singles Round of 64
Jean Erasmus (Drake) def. Juan Diego Cuadrado (Bradley) 6-2, 7-5
Hamish Weerasinghe (Bradley) def. Jonny Rigby (Southern Illinois) 6-0, 3-6, 6-0
Billy Paluch (Creighton) def. Arthur Romanet (Bradley) 7-5, 6-0
Mike Nott (Arkansas) def. Ahmed Albitar (Bradley) 6-4, 6-4
Badr Cherradi (Southern Illinois) def. Justin Abrams (Bradley) 6-1, 6-2
Schedule – Saturday, Oct. 20
Singles Main Draw
Round of 32 9:00 a.m. Hamish Weerasinghe (Bradley) vs. Jonas Diercrx (Iowa)
1st Round 11:10 a.m. Justin Abrams (Bradley) vs. Nick Papac (Oklahoma)
1st Round 11:20 a.m. Ahmed Albitar (Bradley) vs. Garrett Dunn (Iowa)
1st Round 11:30 a.m. Juan Diego Cuadrado (Bradley) vs. Harry Warden (Oklahoma)
1st Round 11:40 a.m. Arthur Romanet (Bradley) vs. Marc Herrmann (Nebraska)