Oct. 23, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Phil Metz, a senior on the Ohio State men’s tennis team, has taken the fall quarter off. Metz is currently competing in national professional tennis tournaments as an amateur and is expected to return to Ohio State when January play begins winter quarter.

The professional tennis league is comprised of four levels beginning with satellites and futures, continuing up to challengers and ATP tennis (televised professional matches). Metz is contending as an amateur in the futures level, matched against and defeating world-ranked tennis players.

In September, Metz competed in California, where he defeated a native of Ohio, world-ranked in the 400’s.

Metz will face Nenad Toroman of Russia in the first round today, in Arlington, Texas. He will be traveling to southern California in November to play two or three more matches.

Metz, a native of Mentor, Ohio, is a three-year letterwinner at Ohio State and currently holds a career record of 85-34 in singles. After his tournamnet action terminates, Metz will return to Ohio State for winter quarter. His exposure with the futures level this fall is expected to add a dimension to the Buckeye tennis team when the 2003 season gets underway January 22 in Columbus against Butler and Toledo.