Razorback Netter Advances at Polo All-American

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. Arkansas sophomore Blake Strode won his second match on day two of play at the Polo All-American Championships at the Case Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa on Tuesday.

The Polo All-American Tennis Championships include five days of qualifying events that precede the October 5-8 main draw. A 128-player pre-qualifying tournament takes place Sept. 30-Oct. 1. This feeds into 128-player and 64-doubles team qualifying tournaments Oct. 2-5, which then feeds into the 64-player, 32-doubles team main draws.

Strode, participating in his first fall tournament, topped Federico Murgier of SMU, 6-3, 6-2, in straight sets on Tuesday.

Strode advanced to the second round after defeating Billy Mertz of Alabama, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, in the opening of round of the singles qualifying draw on Monday.

The win advances Strode to Wednesday’s third round of play. He will face Brian Hung of Michigan at 10:30 a.m.

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