MALIBU, Calif. — Simon Freund began UC Santa Barbara's fall tournament schedule with an appearance at the 2017 Oracle ITA Masters but was unable to secure a victory in his first round singles draw against Old Dominion's Adam Moundir, falling in straight sets 7-6 (4), 6-4.
"I was really pleased with the way he competed today and the level of tennis was really high," said Head Coach Marty Davis. "I thought he struck the ball well and was moving great. I was disappointed he didn't get through today's match but not in the level of tennis."
Freund was the lone representative for the Gauchos at the tournament and had a tough task facing Moundir who is ranked 35th nationally in singles play.
The first set was played extremely close with at one point Freund holding a 4-1 advantage serving in the first set, a strong position he was unable to capitalize on. The Sweden native converted on 80 percent of his first serves (33/41) while also being able save and win 50 percent of his break points before ultimately surrendering the tiebreaker.
In the second set, Freund was down early but battled back to eventually hold a 4-3 lead and had a great opportunity again to convert on a break point and take a 5-3 advantage but again he failed to capitalize as Moundir won the final three games of the set to advance to the second round. Freund also struggled with four double faults in the set to Moundir's zero.
Despite the loss, the senior will have a chance to redeem himself tomorrow in the consolation match against Bryant's Matt Kuhar who lost in straight sets to the top seeded player at the Masters, Wake Forest's Petros Chrysochos.
"I like his chances tomorrow, I like his chances against anyone in the backdrop," Davis said. "I am hoping he could win it but one match at a time. There are no easy matches here."
In the mixed doubles portion of the tournament, Freund saw himself matched up with Margita Sunjic of Northern Kentucky. The duo then completed one of the biggest upsets of the evening knocking off the No. 6 seeded pair, Jessica Failla and Benjamin Hannestad from Pepperdine and Arizona State, respectively, 6-2.
Freund and Sunjic would ultimately fall in the second round, 6-4, against the Pepperdine duo made up of Mayar Ahmed and Dennis Uspensky.
Freund will resume play with the consolation match at the ITA Masters Friday, September 22 beginning at 2 p.m.