Adam Putterman Defends Central Region Singles Title With Straight-Set Victory
Photos by Brent Harris, Wabash College
Indianapolis, Ind., September 24, 2012 – Senior Adam Putterman defended his ITA/USTA Central Region Men’s Tennis Singles Championship with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Paul Burgin of Kenyon College on Monday morning in Indianapolis, Ind.
Putterman, who also advanced to the quarterfinals in the doubles draw with sophomore Ross Putterman, won seven singles matches in straight sets in four days to claim the title.
“I was very excited to defend my title as there was a bunch of good players in this tournament,” said Putterman, who also received the USTA/ITA Central Region Sportsmanship Award. “I am playing really well right now and have a ton of confidence. I have been serving and returning very well, and playing well at the net.”
Putterman becomes the eighth student-athlete in head coach Roger Follmer’s 12 seasons to win the regional singles championship. Brian Alvo won the regional championship on two occasions (2001, 2003) and John Watts was a four-time champion (2006-09).
Putterman advances to the USTA/ITA Small College Championships, held Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 13-16, at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala. A season ago, Putterman made a run to the national championship match before falling to Emory’s Dillon Pottish in straight sets.
“It’s always a fun tournament in Alabama, and I really look forward to the competition,” said Putterman on his return trip to nationals.
Putterman is 9-0 this season in singles and 68-24 for his four-year career. He moved past Isaac Stein (2007-10) into sixth place on the all-time singles wins list with his victory on Monday.