It will be like old home week this weekend when the T. Rowe Price National Intercollegiate Clay Court Championships are played on the Har-Tru courts of the Suburban Club on Park Heights Avenue beginning tomorrow.
Besides half of last year's final four, including Matthieu Bailay of Mississippi State, who lost the singles title to teammate Thomas Dupre, the field includes the top seed in 1996, Cedric Kauffmann of Kentucky, and the man Bailay beat to advance to the final, Ignacio Hirigoyen of Southern Methodist.
Back to defend their doubles title in the 32-team draw are Tim Crichton and Tom Hamilton of Arkansas and the tandem they beat in the final, John James and Claes Westlin of South Alabama.
Pre-qualifying was held last weekend for 116 participants leading up to a two-day qualifier at Suburban, which is providing the last 16 entries into the 64-man draw.
The clay-court tournament was started by the International Tennis Association a decade ago to provide men and women collegians with top competition on clay, a surface frequently encountered on the professional tours, but almost never in college.
Pub Date: 9/24/97