The Wimbledon main draws were released on Friday with 34 players with college ties set to compete at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. There were 23 former college players in the singles qualifying draws but Irina Falconi was the only one to come through with the former Yellow Jacket qualifying with a straight set win over Mariana Duque-Marino. Falconi's reward for qualifying will be a match against the top seed and last year's runner-up Angelique Kerber.
There will be four former college players in the men's singles draw and two in the women's singles draw. The men's doubles draw has 25 former college players while the women's doubles draw has four. The top seed in the men's doubles draw belongs to former MTSU Blue Raider and Baylor Bear John Peers and his partner Henri Kontinen.
Cameron Norrie, who recently turned pro, will face ATP #10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round while both John Isner and Steve Johnson are seeded and will face Taylor Fritz and Nicolas Kicker respectively. Former Illini Kevin Anderson will have a tough opener against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.
Oracle Corporation and the ITA announced on Tuesday that there will be big changes to the final major event of the fall. The National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, which began in 1978 and have been held in New York for the last several years, will be moving to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and will be renamed the Oracle ITA National Fall Championship. In addition to a new name and new location the event will also be expanding the field. In the past it was a 32-player singles draw and a 20-team doubles draw but starting this November it will be a 64-player singles draw and a 32-team doubles draw.
The ITA is still working on the details on what it will take to qualify but it sounds like it will probably be similar to what was already in place which was a combination of the winners from the ITA Regional Championships, the All-American Championships, the Oracle ITA Masters, and those that were highly ranked. The first Oracle ITA National Fall Championship will take place on November 2nd through 5th.