Oct. 16, 1997

James and Myers Fall to Fourth-Ranked Brother Combo

AUSTIN, Texas - Cris James and Derek Myers, juniors on Purdue's top doubles team, lost their first match in the opening round of the I.T.A. All American Championships in Austin, Texas Oct. 16. The Boiler duo fell to Stanford's fourth-ranked Bob and Mike Bryan brother combination, 6-0, 6-1 in first round action of the main draw. As a team, Stanford is ranked No. 1 in the nation.

James and Myers received an automatic bid to this event, the second in collegiate tennis' grand slam tour. The tandem also bowed out of title contention in the first grand slam event of the year, the T. Rowe Price National Clay Court Championships held in Baltimore, Md. Ranked 13th in the I.T.A. preseason poll, James and Myers will proceed in the consolation bracket. They will face either the 44th-ranked Coates-Porter team from Vanderbilt, or the 12th-ranked Abaroa-Avila team from Kansas. James and Myers met Abaroa and Avila in Baltimore, losing in a 6-7, 7-6, 6-1 marathon.