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WEATHER SLOWS TENNIS OPEN

June 17, 1996

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Jayhawk Tennis Association director Matt Knoll needed only four words to sum up his sentiments about the weather problems that plagued the Lawrence Open on Sunday.

"It's been a headache," Knoll said.

Late morning rain showers forced several matches to the indoor courts at Alvamar racquet club, and some matches were pushed back until today.

"We've had no weather problems for about the last five or six years with this tournament," Knoll said. "I think we got about five years worth today so we should be good for another five years."

Despite the rain, Kansas University tennis player Enrique Abaroa won the men's singles championship by defeating his teammate Luis Uribe 6-4, 6-4 at the Lawrence Tennis Center. The women's final between Kansas teammates Kylie Hunt and Maria Abatjoglou was pushed back to today.

Abaroa made it to the final match by defeating Fernando Sierra in the semi-finals 6-0, 6-0.

Uribe road to the championship match was a more difficult, as he ousted defending tournament champion Victor Fimbres in the semi-finals 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. All four players in the semi-finals played for Kansas last season.

Abaroa, who played in the tournament for the second straight year, said this year's field was much stronger this year.

"There was a much better level of tennis," Abaroa said. "When you look at all the divisions, there were great players in all of them."

Uribe said he got tired near the end of the championship match after his long match against Fimbres in the semi-finals. The match was interrupted by the rain after the first two sets, and was forced to move to Alvamar.

"That was really hard, because we were really used to the court, and then we change in the middle of the match," Uribe said.

Both Abaroa and Uribe said the tournament was a welcome break from the schedule of practice and summer school over the last few weeks.

"This summer has mainly just been practicing, running and lifting weights, so this was a good match play for us," Uribe said.

While the final match was competitive, the two teammates, and good friends, also had fun on the court.

"We all play against each other a lot, so that makes it a little more relaxed," Uribe said.

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