Sponsored by IMG Academy

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Ohio State's Di Lorenzo, TCU's Norrie Top Seeds in NCAA Division Singles; Hanfmann and Bellis Reach ATP and WTA Quarterfinals

The NCAA announced the seeds and selections for the 2017 NCAA singles and doubles championships to be held May 24-29 in Athens Georgia.

The women's singles seeds:
1. Francesca Di Lorenzo, Ohio State
2. Hayley Carter, North Carolina
3. Astra Sharma, Vanderbilt
4. Ena Shibahara, UCLA
5. Blair Shankle, Baylor
6. Belinda Woolcock, Florida
7. Jasmine Lee, Mississippi State
8. Viktoriya Lushkova, Oklahoma State

9-16 seeds alphabetical
Sydney Campbell, Vanderbilt
Jade Lewis, LSU
Ellen Perez, Georgia
Rachel Pierson, Texas A&M
Karla Popovic, Cal
Erin Routliffe, Alabama
Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine
Gabriela Talaba, Texas Tech

Di Lorenzo is aiming for the elusive triple, having won the All-American title last October and the Indoor title in November. No woman has ever won all three titles in one academic year since all three of those majors were first played back in 1983.  North Carolina's Jamie Loeb was the last woman to win the first two legs in 2013, but she lost to Cal's Lynn Chi in the quarterfinals of the 2014 NCAAs.

The men's singles seeds:
1. Cameron Norrie, TCU
2. Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State
3. Aleks Vukic, Illinois
4. Nuno Borges, Mississippi State
5. Petros Chrysochos, Wake Forest
6. Arthur Rinderknech, Texas A&M
7. Christopher Eubanks, Georgia Tech
8. Alfredo Perez, Florida

9-16 seeds alphabetical
Juan Benitez, Baylor
William Blumberg, North Carolina
Hugo Di Feo, Ohio State
Tom Fawcett, Stanford
Thai Kwiatkowski, Virginia
Florian Lakat, Cal
Skander Mansouri, Wake Forest
Michael Redlicki, Arkansas

As with the No. 2 seed in the women's draw, Hayley Carter, Mikael Torpegaard is returning as an NCAA singles finalist.

The women's doubles seeds:
1. Astra Sharma and Emily Smith, Vanderbilt
2. Jasmine Lee and Lisa Marie Rioux, Mississippi State
3. Aldila  Sutjiadi and Mami Adachi, Kentucky
4. Hayley Carter and Jessie Aney, North Carolina

seeds 5-8 alphabetical by school:
Erin Routliffe and Maddie Pothoff, Alabama
Ellen Perez and Caroline Brinson, Georgia
Christine Maddox and Mayar Sherif Ahmed, Pepperdine
Rutjua Bhosale and Rachel Pierson, Texas A&M

2016 NCAA doubles champions Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keegan are in the field but not seeded.

The men's doubles seeds:
1. Jan Zielinski and Robert Loeb, Georgia
2. Martin Redlicki and Evan Zhu, UCLA
3. Johannes Ingildsen and Alfredo Perez, Florida
4. Christian Seraphim and Skander Mansouri, Wake Forest

seeds 5-8 alphabetical by school:
Jose Salazar and Michael Redlicki, Arkansas
Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat, Cal
Arjun Kadhe and Julian Cash, Oklahoma State
Arthur Rinderknech and AJ Catanzariti, Texas A&M

Redlicki won the 2016 doubles title with Mackenzie McDonald last year.

All seeded players and teams have already earned All-American honors. Additional players can be named All-Americans if they reach the round of 16 in singles and the quarterfinals in doubles in Athens or are ranked in the Top 20 in singles or Top 10 in doubles in the final rankings.

The complete list of participants for men is here.  The women's list is here.

Also, after the NCAA revealed its sites for the Division I championships from 2019-2022 and Georgia was not among them, there was discussion as to why that might be.  Chip Tower, who covered Georgia tennis for many years for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, looked into that question for Dawgnation in this article. Although no one reason is given, the implication is that the emphasis on football facilities has left tennis to fend for itself and the oft-promised new indoor facility is no closer to being built than it was in 2010, when Greg McGarity took over as athletic director.

The ATP tour has three events this week in Europe at the 250 level, while the WTA tour is playing in the Czech Republic and Morocco, with both International level events.

At the ATP tournament in Munich, former USC All-American Yannick Hanfmann has reached the quarterfinals, after qualifying for an ATP event for the first time earlier in the week. After picking up his first ATP victory yesterday, the 25-year-old German took out No. 8 seed and ATP No. 54 Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-5 and will play No. 2 seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain Friday.

CiCi Bellis reached her second quarterfinal of the year today in Rabat, but it wasn't easy.  Bellis saved a match point in her 6-7(3), 7-5, 7-5 win over No. 2 seed and defending champion Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland, with the contest running more than three hours. Bellis, who hadn't played on tour since the first of April, recently turned 18, so she is no longer subject to the WTA's age restrictions.  She will face Varvara Lepchenko Thursday for a place in her first WTA semifinal. For more on the match, see the WTA website.


Wondering said...

Colette, will the ITA ever rotate the fall All-American event? With all these nice facilities across the country and the effort to move the NCAAs around, why does that event get to stay in one place?

Fwiw said...

Have to think Norrie doesn't play the Individuals. It looks like Norrie will just miss out on qualifying at the French. He is the 20th alternate. At the Australian, 15 alternates made it into Qualifying. Brian Baker was the last person in at #246. Norrie is actually #238, but is farther down the alternate list than Baker was for the Aussie. A lot more players used protected rankings at Roland Garros. If you're Norrie, wouldn't you rest and/or just get ready for grass tournaments. One would expect he will definitely be in the Wimbledon qualies. What's the benefit of the singles, when you can go play challengers and can't play for the US Open WC?