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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Onsite Coverage of ITA All-American and ITF Pan American Begins Thursday

An early post today, as we are traveling this evening to Tulsa, where the main draw matches of the D'Novo All-American championships begin Thursday. Most of the singles qualifying matches have been completed;doubles qualifying is scheduled for this afternoon, but I know they've had some rain at the Michael Case Tennis Center at the University of Tulsa the past two days.

NCAA champion Southern California has two qualifiers: Matt Kecki and Jaak Poldma. Oklahoma, now coached by John Roddick, also has two: freshman Costin Paval, who has already won seven matches because he came through pre-qualifying, and Ionut Beleleu. Virginia's Drew Courtney and Lee Singer have made the main draw, as has Duke's star freshman Henrique Cunha. Dusan Medan of Marquette urvived pre-qualifying and qualifying, although he had a bye in the first round and has won "only" six matches in the past four days. North Carolina's Brennan Boyajian, Auburn's Alex Stamchev, UCLA's transfer Kalim Stewart, Radford's Ivan Salec, Kentucky's Eric Quigley, LSU's Neal Skupski, Middle Tennessee State's John Peers and Texas A&M's transfer Jeff Dadamo have also reached the main draw. For results, see the ITA tournament page.

With the women playing in California, and starting at noon there, I don't have any information this early, but I will try to at least post the names of the qualifiers this evening after we arrive in Tulsa. In the meantime, see the ITA tournament page.

The challenger in Sacramento always gets good coverage from the Bee and today Paul Bauman posted this story about Daniel Evans's victory over second seed Wayne Odesnik, Ryan Harrison's win over eighth seed Grega Zemlja of Slovenia, ranked 157, and Alex Domijan's loss to third seed Kevin Kim. Kim predicts big things for Domijan.

Before the North American ITF junior circuit moves to Tulsa next week, it stops in Atlanta for a Grade 4 event. See the TennisLink site for draws and results.


scott said...

Will and Embree continue to play well in their first collegiate seasons, both advancing to the main draw in singles. If the Gators can stay healthy, they'll be a real contender in the spring.