July 28, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - LMU standout Tigran Martirosyan, who played for the Lions back in 2002 and 2003, is starting to make his mark on the ATP Tour. Martirosyan is LMU's all-time leader in single season victories, going 31-10 in 2003.
After a successful East Coast swing, where he was able to earn a number of ATP points, Martirosyan went on to win three qualifying matches at the Fifth Third Bank Tennis Classic in Lexington, Kentucky to qualify for the main draw in singles. The Fifth Third is a Challenger Series event on the ATP Tour.
To qualify, Martirosyan defeated 592nd-ranked Tim Smyczek and Matt Bruch, who is the No. 1 player at Stanford and ranked 16th in the ITA Collegiate rankings.
In the main draw, Martirosyan's outstanding play continued as he defeated 344th-ranked Karan Rastogi of India in the first round. That win was followed by a come-from-behind-victory over 427th-ranked Nick Lindahl in the second round. Lindahl is the No. 1 junior from Australia and an up-and-coming player on the tour. In that match, Martirosyan came back from a set down to win 4-6, 7-6, 6-0.
Next up for Martirosyan is a quarterfinal match vs. 406th-ranked Horia Tecau of Romania.