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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Corwin Among Seven Chosen for ITA Collegiate Hall of Fame; Three Teens Reach Sunrise Futures Quarterfinals; Another College Match Day; Division III Women's Indoor Begins Friday

Timon Corwin in 2007, his last year at Kalamazoo College

The ITA announced seven new members of its Men's Collegiate Hall of Fame today, with former USTA Kalamazoo Nationals Tournament Director Timon Corwin among those being inducted on May 21st in Athens, Georgia.

Corwin, the 1986 NCAA Division III singles and team champion while a student at Kalamazoo College, returned to the school to coach the men's team and take over as director of the Nationals in 1993.  He continued to hold those two positions through 2007, when he left to become USTA's Director of Junior and Collegiate competition. In 2011 he and his family returned to Wisconsin, where Corwin is now general manager and director of tennis at the Western Racquet Club in Elm Grove.

Two other coaches have been inducted: the University of Mississippi's Billy Chadwick, who is retiring this year, and Oklahoma State's James Wadley, who retired in 2012.

Three players are included in this year's class: Stanford's Alex Kim, Southern Cal's Matt Anger and Juan Farrow of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. One contributor, Doug Conant, former CEO of Campbell Soup Company, is also being inducted.

For more on all seven men being honored, see the ITA's release.

At the $10,000 Sunrise Futures today, three US teenagers picked up wins. Seventeen-year-old wild card Deiton Baughman reached his first Futures quarterfinal with a 7-5, 5-7, 3-0 ret. victory over qualifier Samuel Bensoussan of France. Kalamazoo champion Collin Altamirano, 18, who collected his first ATP point in last week's Futures, reached the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-2 win over unseeded Daniel Dutra da Silva of Brazil.  Qualifier Francis Tiafoe, 16, has reached his second Futures quarterfinal this year with an impressive 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 4 seed Dennis Nevolo, the former Illinois All-American.

In addition to their singles success, Altamirano and Baughman have reached the doubles final this week, after capturing the title last week in Boynton Beach.  Altamirano and Baughman, who are unseeded, will face top seeds and former Florida State teammates Jean Yves Aubone and Vahid Mirzadeh in Friday's final.

Another College Match Day is scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m., with the No. 9 Texas A&M women traveling to Gainesville to take on No. 5 Florida.  The matches will be streamed on ESPN3.  For more on the SEC battle, see the Florida website.

The ITA Division III Women's Team Indoor is on tap for this weekend at Depauw University in Indiana.  Like the Division III men's Indoor, it lacks the top New England teams, with the seventh-ranked Johns Hopkins team the No. 1 seed in the tournament. In addition to Johns Hopkins, the defending champions, seven other teams are competing, in order of seeding:  Chicago, Carnegie Mellon, Pomona-Pitzer, Redlands, Washington University, DePauw and UC Santa Cruz. See the ITA tournament page for a preview and the draw.