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which was a combination of a players’ ITA preseason national ranking, Universal Tennis Rating and ITA mid-season unpublished ranking.

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 08:00

Shorthanded But Resilient

What would you call a situation involving a first-year coach who only has six players that have rotated being injured or ill to the point all but four of the regular season matches were played shorthanded as will be the conference tournament?

Bethune-Cookman calls it “Thursday.”

It’s business as usual for the Lady Wildcats (9-10) as they open the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament against Morgan State (7-16) at the Folkes Tennis Center on the campus of Old Dominion University. With senior Debora Echeverria sidelines, Bethune-Cookman will have to find a way to dethrone South Carolina State with just five players.

Been there, done that.

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