TULSA, Okla. – LSU junior No. 29 Chris Simpson faced a second round loss Thursday afternoon at the 2013 ITA All-American Championships hosted by the University of Tulsa at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. Simpson was the last member LSU’s squad still alive in the tournament.
“Another good experience for Chris,” assistant coach Danny Bryan said. “Overall, he is continuing to improve every tournament.”
Simpson squared off against Daniel Santos of Tulsa in the first round. After dropping the first set 6-3, Simpson fired back to win the second set 6-3 and send the match to a decisive third set. With the third set in a tiebreaker, Simpson took control and won the tiebreaker 7-2 to win the match 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(2).
Simpson faced No. 15 Mitchell Frank in the second round later in the afternoon. Simpson’s run in the main draw came to an end when Frank delivered a 7-6(5), 6-2 loss to the LSU junior.
“He did a good job battling in the first round,” Bryan said. “Unfortunately, he didn’t quite play well enough against Frank. But Chris has gained a lot of confidence in the last year and he is looking forward to his next tournament in Alabama.”
The Tigers will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., next week for the ITA Southern Regional held from Oct. 10-14 at the UA Varsity Courts.
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2013 ITA All-American Championships
Singles Main Draw
October 3, 2013
No. 29 Chris Simpson (LSU) def. Daniel Santos (Tulsa) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(2)
No. 15 Mitchell Frank (Virginia) def. No. 29 Chris Simpson (LSU) 7-6(5), 6-2