Just a quick post to recognize the qualifiers at the ITA All American Championships, which begin Thursday. I will be providing live coverage from the St. Francis Men's All American Championships here in Tulsa, the Riviera Women's All American Championships are in Pacific Palisades, California.
Three players have already won six matches in the women's tournament, with North Carolina freshmen Hayley Carter and Jamie Loeb getting through both pre-qualifying and qualifying to reach the main draw, as has UCLA's Chanelle Van Nguyen. The five other women's qualifiers are: Brianna Morgan, Florida; Cristina Stancu, Texas A&M; Beatrice Capra, Duke; Lorraine Guillermo, Pepperdine; Maria Belaya, William and Mary.
Preseason No. 1 Sabrina Santamaria of Southern Cal is not in the draw due to an ankle injury, so UCLA's Robin Anderson is the top seed, with Georgia's Lauren Herring the second seed. With Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian not playing, Georgia's Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia are the top doubles seeds.
Ken Thomas will be providing coverage of the women's tournament via radiotennis.com.
See the draws and results from today at the ITA tournament website.
The men's tournament has 16 qualifiers in a 64 field (women are 8 of 32), and none of them are from pre-qualifying. Texas has two qualifiers, freshman George Goldhoff and junior Lloyd Glasspool, as does Texas A&M, with sophomores Shane Vinsant and Harrison Adams, and USC, with senior Michael Grant and junior Jonny Wang earning their way into the main draw. North Carolina's Ronnie Schneider and Goldhoff are the only two freshmen in the draw, not including Mackenzie McDonald, who received a wild card. The other nine qualifiers: Joran Vliegen, East Carolina; Austin Smith, Georgia; Arturs Kazijevs, SMU; Clay Thompson, UCLA; Adam Lee, Wake Forest; Axel Alvarez, Oklahoma; Daniil Proskura, Alabama; Austin Powell, NC State; Benjamin Lock, Florida State.
The qualifiers will be playing two matches again on Thursday, as they did today, with the first and second of singles (and the first round of doubles) scheduled.(Correction: there was only one round of qualifying matches on Wednesday).
Two lucky losers also made it into the draw: Florida's Florent Diep and Duke's Raphael Hemmeler. Alex Domijan of Virginia, the defending champion, would have been the No. 2 seed, but due to the death of his aunt, he withdrew.
Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee is the top seed in both singles and doubles (with Hunter Reese). 2012 finalist Peter Kobelt of Ohio State is the No. 2 seed.
For the draws and results, along with a link to live scoring, see the ITA tournament website.