Alle Sanford & Brandon Holt Finish Atop The Wave at the Oracle ITA Masters; Sinead Lohan & Mitch Harper Brew Up a Title in Milwaukee; Wayne Montgomery is the Battle in the Bay Champ

UCLA sophomore Ena Shibahara was attempting to win a second consecutive Oracle ITA Masters but despite serving for the match she’d come up short with North Carolina freshman Alle Sanford winning a title in her second collegiate event. Shibahara served for the first set up 5-3 (40/0) but Sanford managed to come back and break on the no-ad point and then hold for 5-5. Shibahara held on the no-ad point for 6-5, after leading 40/15, and then she broke from 15/40 to finally close out the set 7-5. Sanford broke Shibahara on the no-ad point to start the second set, after Shibahara was up 40/30, and then after three consecutive holds Sanford broke...

Victor Pham’s Run Continues in Malibu; Ena Shibahara Looks For Two in a Row; Finals Set in Milwaukee

Columbia junior Victor Pham moved into the finals of the Oracle ITA Masters after ousting the top seed Wake Forest junior Petros Chrysochos in three sets. Chrysochos took the opening set 6-2 and also went up a break early in the second but Pham broke back for 2-2 and then held on a no-ad point for 3-2. Pham would break for 5-3 and then have three set points while serving up 40/0 but he double faulted three times and added another unforced error to give the break back. After Chrysochos held for 5-5, Pham held on a no-ad point for 6-5. Chrysochos held to force a tiebreak but Pham jumped out to a 4-1* lead and would go on to take it 7-5.The third set was all Pham...

Oracle/ITA Masters Down To the Final 4; Impressive Debuts from Vale and Cerundolo in Gainesville; Seeds Roll in the Bay

The action heated up on the second day of the Oracle ITA Masters with three of the top four men’s seeds moving into the semifinals while the women’s draw saw some surprises. The men’s top seed Wake Forest’s Petros Chrysochos was pushed to three sets by Old Dominion’s Adam Moundir and then a few hours later he defeated Cal’s Billy Griffith in straight sets. Chrysochos will meet the No. 14 seed Columbia’s Victor Pham in the semifinals after the California native defeated the No. 5 seed Elon’s Felipe Sarrasague in straight sets and then followed that up with a straight set win over the No. 4 seed Arizona’s...

Favorites Roll Through Day 1 in Malibu; Milwaukee Tennis Classic Draws Out, Loaded Draws Everywhere

The opening day of the Oracle ITA Masters is in the books with almost all the favorites cruising into the second round. 15 of the top 16 seeds advanced on both the men’s and women’s side with both of the No. 16 seeds falling to the No. 17 seed. The player with the higher UTR won 31 of 32 matches with East Carolina’s Celia Ruiz the only “underdog” to come out on top. The women’s top seed UCLA’s Ena Shibahara won her match 6-1, 6-1 over Quinnipiac’s Jennifer Lu while the men’s top seed Wake Forest’s Petros Chrysochos faced more resistance in his 6-2, 7-5 win over Bryant’s Matt Kuhar.To see all the...

Oracle ITA Masters – By The Numbers

The first major tournament of the fall gets underway on Thursday morning in Malibu as 32 guys and 32 girls descend upon the Malibu Racquet Club and Pepperdine University for the 2017 Oracle/ITA Masters. There will be representatives from 24 conferences on the men’s side and 25 on the women’s side with the other remaining spots filled by wild cards and at-large selections. The top returning player from each conference was offered a spot in the field though several declined due to a number of factors such as expense and the ability to compete with a talented field.Universal Tennis Ratings were used to make at-large selections as well as seeding. Wake...