LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas A&M’s Conor Pollock (San Antonio, Texas) lost to American Ryan Sweeting in the first round of the 2007 USTA Lubbock Challenger held Tuesday at the McLeod Tennis Center.
Earning his first career wild card entry in the singles main draw of the tournament, Pollock built a 3-0 lead in the first set, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Sweeting. A former standout at the University of Florida, Sweeting defeated Pollock, 6-4, 6-1, to advance to the round of 16. He currently ranks No. 275 in the ATP Rankings and made his professional U.S. Open debut in 2006.
The tournament field is comprised of the top 300 players in the world who currently compete on the ATP Tour. Pollock was one of only two amateurs to compete in the 32-player main draw.
“This was a moral victory for Conor,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “He has shown that he can play with not only the best college players in the country, but some of the best players in the world. He had a great first set in singles and showed he belongs on this level in the future.”
Pollock will combine with Mexico’s Luis Manual Flores, a University of Georgia graduate, in the doubles main draw tomorrow at noon. The duo earned a wild card entry and will face Australians Luke Bourgeois and Adam Feeney in first-round action.