Thomas & Ratnam Claim ITA Northeast Regional Doubles Title; Advance to National Indoors

Oct. 24, 2006

Philadelphia, PA - Senior Eric Thomas (Cincinnati, OH) and sophomore Basu Ratnam (Oyster Bay, NY) won six straight doubles matches, including victories over three seeded doubles teams, to earn the 2006 ITA Northeast Regional Doubles Title. This marks the second straight year that a Brown team claimed the ITA Regional Doubles Title, after Phil Charm '06 (Concord, MA) and senior Dan Hanegby (Herzliya, Israel) won last year's title. The ITA Regional Championships were held October 20-24 at Penn. Thomas and Ratnam posted an 8-3 win over second-seeded Hanegby and sophomore Chris Lee (Sudbury, MA) in the semi-finals, before posting an 8-5 win over Michael James and Adam Slagter of Penn State in the Finals. By virtue of their victory, Thomas and Ratnam have advanced to the National Indoors, which will be held November 2-5,2006, at the Racquet Club of Columbus, OH, hosted by Ohio State.

Thomas and Ratnam began their Championship run with an 8-1 win over ninth-seeded Ryan Berger and Bradley Hunter of Penn State. They cruised past Yules Hadisubroto and Mike Rockman of Buffalo in the round of 32, before handing fourth-seeded Jason Pinsky and Eric Riley of Penn an 8-3 loss. In the Quarterfinals, the duo defeated Mark Clemente and Jonathan Wong of Columbia, 8-5, setting up a semi-final match against teammates Hanegby and Lee. Ratnam and Thomas dispatched of their second-seeded teammates, 8-3, to advance to the finals against James and Slagter.

COMPLETE RESULTS
Singles Qualifying Round of 32
Zach Pasanen (B) def. Jonathan Leslie (Princeton) 7-5, 6-3

Singles Qualifying Round of 16
Zach Pasanen (B) def. Michael Kalfayan (Harvard) 7-6 (4), 7-5

Singles Round of 128
Chris Lee (B) def. Gideon Valkin (Harvard) 3-6, 6-3, 6-0
Jeff Dawson (Yale) def. Zach Pasanen (B) 7-5, 7-5
(17) Saurabh Kohli (B) - BYE
(6) Dan Hanegby (B) - BYE
(17) Basu Ratnam (B) - BYE
(17) Eric Thomas (B) - BYE

Singles Round of 64
Chris Lee (B) def. Nikesh Panthlia (Buffalo) 7-6 (4), 6-2
(17) Saurabh Kohli (B) def. Walter Garcia (Niagara) 6-4, 6-3
(6) Dan Hanegby (B) def. Conner Dawson (Yale) 6-2, 7-5
Michael James (Penn State) def. (17) Basu Ratnam (B) 6-0, 6-4
(17) Eric Thomas (B) def. Ilan Shvartz (Stony Brook) 6-3, 6-2

Singles Round of 32
(17) Ryan Berger (Penn State) def. Chris Lee (B) 6-1, 1-6, 6-1
(17) Saurabh Kohli (B) def. (10) Mark Clemente (Columbia) 7-6 (5), 7-5
(6) Dan Hanegby (B) def. Omar Laalej (Drexel) 6-3, 6-4
(17) Eric Thomas (B) def. Mihai Nichifor (Manhattan) 6-2, 6-2

Singles Round of 16
(17) Saurabh Kohli (B) def. (7) Louis Desmarteaux (St. John's) 6-4, 6-1
(9) Nicholas Delgado (Virginia Tech) def. (6) Dan Hanegby (B) 7-5, 6-3
(2) Arvid Puranen (Virginia Tech) def. (17) Eric Thomas (B) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Singles Quarterfinals
(17) Jared Drucker (Columbia) def. (17) Saurabh Kohli (B) 7-5, 3-6, 6-4

Singles Consolation Round of 32
Zach Pasanen (B) def. Matt Glasgow (St. Joe's) 6-1, 7-5

Singles Consolation Round of 16
Arjun Vaidya (Rutgers) def. Zach Pasanen (B) 2-6, 6-2, 10-8

Doubles Round of 64
Schnell/Walsh (Georgetown) def. Kohli/Pasanen (B) 8-6
Ratnam/Thomas (B) def. (9) Berger/Hunter (Penn State) 8-1
(2) Hanegby/Lee (B) - BYE

Doubles Round of 32
Ratnam/Thomas (B) def. Hasisubroto/Rockman (Buffalo) 8-1
(2) Hanegby/Lee (B) def. Chow/Drucker (Columbia) 8-5

Doubles Round of 16
Ratnam/Thomas (B) def. (4) Pinsky/Riley (Penn) 8-3
(2) Hanegby/Lee (B) def. Brous/Heggie (Cornell) 8-4

Doubles Quarterfinals
Ratnam/Thomas (B) def. Clemente/Wong (Columbia) 8-5
(2) Hanegby/Lee (B) def. Denenberg/Valkin (Harvard) 8-2

Doubles Semifinals
Ratnam/Thomas (B) def. (2) Hanegby/Lee (B) 8-3

Doubles Finals
Ratnam/Thomas (B) def. James/Slagter (Penn State) 8-5