Oliver Frank Rolls Through USC to Win SoCal Intercollegiates; Antonioni Fasano Wins Big Ten Singles Championship; Master'U Team AnnouncedWritten by Bobby Knight
The 61st Annual Southern California Intercollegiate Championships came to a close on Monday with Azusa Pacific's Oliver Frank claiming the singles title after a straight set win over USC's Brandon Holt. The 32-player singles draw was comprised of 29 players from D1 schools and 3 from D2 schools which made Frank's run to the title that much more unlikely. Frank started off the tournament with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 win over UC Davis's David Goulak and then he came from behind to defeat USC's Jake DeVine 2-6, 6-3, 6-1. In the quarterfinals Frank defeated USC's Laurens Verboven 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 and in the semifinals he knocked out USC's Logan Smith 6-1, 1-6, 6-0. In today's final Frank broke Holt in the eighth game of the match to go up 5-3 and then served out the opening set to take it 6-3. In the second set Frank broke Holt in the fifth game to go in front 3-2 and he held on from there to win it 6-3, 6-4.
"This tournament win means a lot to me. To play against NCAA Division I level players and win is special. The competition here was just a different level. You have to be focused and concentrate more on all the details," Frank said via APU's recap. "I was able to get the momentum early and keep it throughout the tournament. To play as an underdog here was good for my game. I was just able to play my game point-by-point."
National Fall Championship Field is Complete; APU's Oliver Frank Wins a Pair at the SoCal Intercollegiates; Michigan's Brown & Crocker Win Big Ten Dubs ChampionshipWritten by Bobby Knight
The majority of the field for the 2017 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships was released on Thursday but on Friday the field was completed with the addition of a handful of wild cards and a few last minute at-large selections. Baylor sophomore Bjoern Petersen was awarded an Oracle Wild Card into the singles draw which wasn't too surprising due to Oracle's Mark Hurd being a Baylor graduate. Georgia's Wayne Montgomery and Walker Duncan got the extra at-large selection due to UNC's William Blumberg and Robert Kelly pulling out due to Blumberg possibly getting a wild card into Charlottesville next week. Clemson's Alex Favrot and Simon Baudry were awarded an Oracle Wild Card which rounded out the men's doubles field.
The women's singles field already had its 64 players however there was another addition to the doubles field with Loyola Marymount's Veronica Miroshnichenko and Eva Marie Voracek getting an Oracle Wild Card. The doubles field now has 32 teams but I'm expecting to see one more addition since UCLA's Jada Hart is listed twice with two different partners.
National Fall Championship At-Large/Wild Cards Named; SoCal Intercollegiates; Juan Varon InvitationalWritten by Bobby Knight
The ITA released the at-large and wild card selections for next week's Oracle ITA National Fall Championships which will be held in Indian Wells and Palm Desert, California. On the men's side, the teams with multiple singles at-large selections were Ohio State (3), Florida State (3), Georgia (2), Kentucky (2), and Tulane (2). The two men's wild cards went to Mississippi State's Nuno Borges (ITA Preseason No. 2) and Ohio State's JJ Wolf (ITA Preseason No. 29).
There were four extra at-large selections on the men's side due to qualifiers William Blumberg, Mikael Torpegaard, Gustav Hansson, and David Volfson opting not to play. There are two pro events in the United States next week with a Futures event in Birmingham (AL) and a Challenger event in Charlottesville. I saw Hansson's name listed on the acceptance list for Birmingham but I didn't see the others listed in either place so unless they get a wild card I'm not sure why they choose not to play.
The women's teams with multiple selections were Cal (3), North Carolina (3), Duke (2), Georgia (2), Loyola Marymount (2), and UCLA (2). The two women's wild cards went to Michigan's Kate Fahey (ITA Preseason No. 6) and Georgia's Elena Christofi (ITA Preseason No. 10). Everyone else who qualified remained in the field.
As per the ITA's selection criteria, to be considered for an at-large selection in singles, a player must have reached the quarterfinals of the Oracle ITA Masters, the Round of 16 of the All-American Championships or the quarterfinals of an ITA Regional Championship. The at-large singles selections were based on each players’ ITA/UTR Rankings Average which was a combination of a players’ ITA preseason national ranking, Universal Tennis Rating and ITA mid-season unpublished ranking.
Former USC Trojan Yannick Hanfmann won his sixth career pro singles title and first at the Challenger-level after a tough three set win over Italy's Lorenzo Sonego in the final of the $43K Wolffkran Open in Ismaning, Germany. Hanfmann broke Sonego in the opening game of the match and then only dropped five points on serve en route to taking the first set 6-4. Sonego bounced back and took the second set 6-3 and then he broke Hanfmann at love to go ahead 2-1 in the third set. Hanfmann got it back on serve at 4-4 after breaking Soengo in a five-deuce game and then a few games later he'd break again to win it 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Hanfmann won $6190 and picked up 80 ATP ranking points which moved his singles ranking up to a new career high of 114.
Tuesday was the final day of the ITA Regional Championships with the doubles final played in both the Northeast and Southern while the Atlantic wrapped up play in singles. Columbia's Jack Mingjie Lin and William Matheson won an all-Columbia doubles final in the Northeast Regional with a 6-4, 7-6(5) win over top seeds Victor Pham and Jackie Tang. Ole Miss's Zvonimir Babic and Filip Kraljevic won the doubles title at the Southern Regional with a 6-4, 6-4 win over the top seeded team of Mississippi State's Trevor Foshey and Niclas Braun. Virginia's Aswin Lizen won the singles title at the Atlantic Regional after defeating Penn State's Christos Antonopoulos 6-3, 6-1 in the semifinals and Virginia Tech's Alexandre Ribeiro 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 in the finals.
There were seven schools that swept singles and doubles titles over the past two weeks with three of them on the women's side (Kentucky, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State) and the other four on the men's side (Arizona State, Columbia, Georgia, Minnesota). There were an additional three schools on the women's side that had players in both the singles and doubles finals (Idaho, Texas, Virginia) while there were an additional five on the men's side (Cal, Michigan, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Virginia).
Six regionals had teammates play in the singles final, Georgia (M), Michigan (M), Mississippi State (M), Pepperdine (W), Texas (W), Stanford (W), while seven had teammates in the doubles final (Dartmouth (W), Kentucky (W), North Carolina (W), Northwestern (W), Ole Miss (W), Virginia (W), Columbia (M).
Arizona State's Benjamin Hannestad and BYU's Sean Hill were the only unseeded players to win a singles title while Texas Tech's Jackson Cobb and Alex Sendegeya, Dartmouth's Abigail Chiu and Julia Schroeder, and FIU's Ulyana Grib and Maryna Veksler were the only unseeded teams to win a doubles title.
ITA Regional Championship Monday Results - Several Schools Sweep Singles & Doubles Plus Many Historic FirstsWritten by Bobby Knight
All but three regionals wrapped up play on Monday with five schools sweeping singles and doubles titles while a few schools won titles for the first time in school history. The upstart Arizona State men's team swept the day at the Southwest Regional in Malibu with Benjamin Hannestad winning the singles title and teaming with Tim Ruehl to win the doubles title.
Minnesota hosted the men's Central Regional and proceeded to sweep singles and doubles with sophomore Stefan Milicevic rolling past Nebraska's Toby Boyer in the singles final while Felix Corwin and Matic Spec defeated Oklahoma State's Artur Dubinski and Eleftherios Theodorou in the doubles final.
Columbia swept the Northeast Regional with Victor Pham winning the singles title over Cornell's David Volfson while the doubles title will be played on Tuesday between a pair of Columbia teams.
Mississippi State has a chance to sweep the Southern Regional if it can win the doubles final on Tuesday. Strahinja Rakic and Giovanni Oradini were declared singles co-champions after each won their semifinal matches on Monday however they decided not to play the final. I can't remember an instance where teammates decided not to play each other in the final but there must have been a rule that permitted them to do so.
Oklahoma State swept the women's Central Regional with Vladica Babic winning the singles title and then Babic teamed with Sofia Blanco to win the doubles title.
Ole Miss swept the women's Southern Regional with Arianne Hartono winning the singles title and Savina Machalova and Natalie Suk winning the doubles title with a win over teammates Hartono and Alexa Bortles.
Lauren Proctor gave Winthrop its first-ever regional championship after defeating Duke's Samantha Harris in straight sets in the final of the Carolina Regional.
Ulyana Grib and Maryna Veksler gave Florida International its first-ever regional championship after defeating Georgia Tech's Paige Hourigan and Kenya Jones 8-5 in the doubles final.
Shweta Sangwan and Alyssa Tobita gave Oregon its first-ever women's regional doubles championship after a 4-6, 6-4, 10-6 win over the top seeded team of Cal's Olivia Hauger and Karla Popovic.
Michail Pervolarakis gave Portland its first-ever regional championship after defeating Cal's Jack Molloy in the singles final at the Northwest Regional.