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Monday, June 21, 2021

ITA Division I National Award Winners Announced; Rain Washes Out Wimbledon Men's Qualifying; Sixteen US Women Set Sights on Wimbledon Main Draw

The ITA announced the Division I national award winners today, which include coach of the year honors for Howard Joffe and Bryan Shelton, who led their teams to NCAA titles last month.

The ITA has put together multimedia presentations for each of the winners. The in-depth look at the women's winners is here; the recognition for the men's winners is here.

Division I Men's ITA National Awards:

Wilson Coach of the Year:
Bryan Shelton, Florida

Assistant Coach of the Year:
Tanner Stump, Florida

Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award
Andrew Ton, Navy

Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award
William Blumberg, North Carolina

Rookie of the Year
Johannus Monday, Tennessee

Most Improved Senior
Nathan Ponwith, Arizona State

Senior Player of the Year
Valentin Vacherot, Texas A&M

National Player of the Year
Liam Draxl, Kentucky

Division I Women's ITA National Awards:

Wilson Coach of the Year:
Howard Joffe, Texas

Assistant Coach of the Year:
Taylor Fogleman, Texas

Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award
Stephanie Dolehide, Army

Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award
Maya Jacobs, Rutgers

Rookie of the Year
Emma Navarro, Virginia

Most Improved Senior
Anna Rogers, NC State

ITA Senior Player of the Year
National Player of the Year
Estela Perez-Somarriba, Miami

The first round of the Wimbledon men's qualifying was cancelled today at Roehampton, with no points played in any of the 64 matches on the schedule.

That means that the men's first round and 34 matches of the women's first round are on the schedule for Tuesday, including 11 of the 16 American women who are competing for a place in the main draw this week. The women's qualifying draw is here.

Two of the matches are all-US contests, with Claire Liu playing Jamie Loeb(North Carolina) and Kristie Ahn(Stanford) playing Caroline Dolehide. 

Only three US women are seeded: Liu, who is No. 16, Ahn who is No. 13 and Caty McNally, who is No. 6. 

Hailey Baptiste injured herself last week after qualifying for the WTA 500 in Berlin, slipping on the grass in the first set tiebreaker she played with Jessica Pegula in the opening round. She retired from that match and the injury is obviously serious enough to keep her from making her Wimbledon qualifying debut.

Below are Tuesday's matchups for Americans, followed by the first round American women's matches that are not on Tuesday's schedule. The tournament announced that with today's washout, qualifying will now extend through Friday, June 25.

Tuesday's first round qualifying matches featuring Americans:

Christopher Eubanks v Viktor Troicki(SRB)
Mitchell Krueger v Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera(CHI)
Ernesto Escobedo v Alex Molcan(SVK)
Bjorn Fratangelo v Gregoire Barrere[15](FRA)
Brandon Nakashima[22] v Aleksandar Vukic(AUS)
Maxime Cressy[30] v Thanasi Kokkinakis(AUS)
Mackenzie McDonald[2] v Kimmer Coppejans(BEL)
Denis Kudla[6] v Andrea Pellegrino(ITA)
Thai Kwiatkowski v Antoine Hoang[31](FRA)

Kristie Ahn[13] v Caroline Dolehide
Francesca Di Lorenzo v Isabella Shinikova(BUL)
Grace Min v Priscilla Hon(AUS)
Claire Liu[16] v Jamie Loeb
Varvara Lepchenko v Anika Raina(IND)
Katie Volynets v Tereza Mrdeza(CRO)
Whitney Osuigwe v Mayo Hibi(JPN)
Allie Kiick v Ysaline Bonaventure[21](BEL)
Asia Muhammad v Stefanie Voegele[17](SUI)

Wednesday's first round women's matches:

Danielle Lao v Alexandra Dulgheru(ROU)
Sachia Vickery v Chihiro Muramatsu(JPN)
Caty McNally[6] v Olga Danilovic(SRB)
Robin Anderson v Xinyu Wang[30](CHN)
Usue Arconada v Tsvetana Pironkova[8](BUL)