WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Third sets were not kind to the Bradley men’s tennis team Friday in the opening round of the Purdue Fall Invitational. Of the five Braves to compete Friday, all five dropped three-set decisions and have fallen into the consolation brackets of their respective flights.
Freshman Sergio Rakitin received a first-round bye in Flight E and is the only Bradley player remaining in the main draw of his flight. Hamish Weerasinghe (Flight A), Ashton Kalhorn (Flight B), Arthur Romanet (Flight C), Justin Abrams (Flight D) and Dan Rodefeld (Flight D) all fell in five sets Friday. Rodefeld will receive a bye in his consolation bracket first-round match Saturday and is the first player into the bracket’s quarterfinals.
The Braves experienced similar results in the first round of doubles play until the Spanish combination of Rakitin and Romanet pulled out a tie-break victory against the IPFW duo of Romer/Raa, 9-8 (8), in the B Flight. The Bradley duo is scheduled to play its Round of 16 match against the Toledo team of Cona/Sisko at 8 a.m. Saturday.
In the A Flight doubles draw, the Bradley combo of Kalhorn/Weerasinghe received a first-round bye and will meet the Louisville duo of Bonfire/Fritas Saturday morning. Bradley’s third doubles team, Abrams/Rodefeld, lost its opening-round match in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (4), and drops into the A Flight doubles consolation bracket Saturday.
Friday’s opening-day schedule was delayed three times by inclement weather. Play in the 20-team event is scheduled to resume Saturday morning at the Schwartz Tennis Center with the completion of the doubles draws.
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