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Monday, October 25, 2021

ITA Division I Regional Singles Finals Results; United States Davis Cup Team Announced; ATP Las Vegas Challenger Underway

The ITA Division I Regional Championships will be wrapping up late tomorrow, but 21 of the 24 have been completed. Below are the results of the singles finals, with both finalists earning a spot in the ITA National Fall Championships next week in San Diego. 

It wasn't easy putting this list together, with one regional, long since completed, still without draws posted. In the rest, some of the draws don't have seeds, or don't have school names for every player, so I've had to go to the individual athletic websites to see if I can find the information. The seeding was the most difficult, so I've noted where I had to rely on draw placement or a school's article, although there were a couple that I just couldn't find.

Note that some regions opted for a Super regional format, while others did not. I'm not sure what the deal is with the women's Carolina regional, which had two separate draws, with separate seedings. I assume only the two winners advance to the Fall Nationals; no other regional used that format. Links to all the draws are available here

The Ohio State and Kentucky men and the Princeton and Virginia women featured teammates meeting in the final. Southern Cal and Pepperdine men and Stanford women still have that possibility.

The women's Northwest, and the men's Carolina and Southwest are scheduled to conclude Tuesday. I'll update this list when those titles are decided. 

Division I Regionals Singles Finals


Northwest: Arthur Fery[1](Stanford) d. Clement Chidekh[2](Washington) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1


Andrew Rogers[15](Pepperdine) d. Pietro Fellin[30](Pepperdine) 2-6, 6-0, 6-4

Mountain: Franco Capalbo[2](Utah) d. James Davis[1](Denver) 6-2, 6-4

Texas: Juan Carlos Aguilar[16](TCU) d. Sven Lah[7](Baylor) 6-1, 6-3

Central: Jordan Hasson[6](Oklahoma) d. Aleksa Bucan(Arkansas) 7-6(4), 6-4

Midwest: James Trotter[3]Ohio State d. JJ Tracy[7]Ohio State 6-3, 6-4

Northeast: Alafia Ayeni[1](Cornell) d. Max Westphal[8](Columbia) 6-7(7), 7-6(5), 6-3

Ohio Valley: Gabriel Diallo[1](Kentucky) d. Francois Musitelli[9](Kentucky) 6-1, 6-2

Atlantic: Francois Le Tallec(ODU) d. Inaki Montes de la Torre[2](Virginia) walkover

Carolina: Andrew Zhang[11](Duke) d. Taha Baadi[7](Wake Forest) 5-7, 6-1, 6-1

Southern: (no draws) Nikola Slavic[3](Mississippi) d. Tad Maclean(Auburn) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

Southeast: Andres Martin[5](Georgia Tech) d. Trey Hilderbrand[14](Central Florida) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2

Michigan's Kari Miller in today's Midwest regional
final (photo credit: Scott Gerber OhioTennisZone.com)


Northwest: Connie Ma[2](Stanford) d. Alexandra Yepifanova[5](Stanford) 6-4, 6-1

Southwest: Lisa Zaar[8](Pepperdine) d. Abigail Desiatnikov[17](San Diego) 6-4, 6-0

Mountain: Anna Riedmiller[2](Denver) d. Molly Helgesson[4](UNLV) 6-2, 6-1

Texas: Kylie Collins[5](Texas) d. Alicia Herrero Linana[9](Baylor) 6-4, 6-4

Central*: Thasaporn Naklo[1](Iowa State) d. Karine-Marion Job(Kansas State) 6-3, 0-6, 6-0

Midwest: Kari Miller[2](Michigan) d. Irina Cantos Siemers[1](Ohio State) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3

Northeast*: Daria Frayman[2](Princeton) d. Victoria Hu[1](Princeton) 7-6(9), 6-0

Ohio Valley: Elza Tomase[9](Tennessee) d. Rebeka Mertena[1](Tennessee) 6-1, 6-3

Atlantic: Natasha Subhash[1] d. Elaine Chervinsky[3](Virginia) 6-4, 6-2


Main Draw A1: Cameron Morra[2]North Carolina d. Jaeda Daniel[5]NC State 4-6, 7-5, 6-4

Main Draw A2: Fiona Crawley[1]North Carolina d. Ayana Akli[2] South Carolina 6-4, 6-4

Southern: Tiphanie Fiquet[4](Mississippi) d. Safiya Carrington[5](LSU) 6-2, 7-5

Southeast: Mell Reasco[16](Georgia) d. Petra Hule[12](Florida State) 6-1, 7-5

*seed numbers not showing on draws

The USTA announced the members of the United States Davis Cup team that will be competing next month in two European cities. John Isner(Georgia), Reilly Opelka, Taylor Fritz, Jack Sock and Rajeev Ram(Illinois) will represent the United States in the revamped competition, which begins November 25. The complete press release is below:

John Isner, Reilly Opelka, Taylor Fritz, Jack Sock and Rajeev Ram to Represent U.S. at 2021 Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., October 25, 2021 – The USTA and United States Davis Cup Captain Mardy Fish today announced that John Isner, Reilly Opelka, Taylor Fritz, Jack Sock and Rajeev Ram will represent the U.S. at the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals Nov. 25-Dec. 5 in Turin, Italy, and Madrid, Spain.


This year's Davis Cup Finals will expand on the 18-team format debuted in Madrid in 2019, with group-stage and quarterfinal matches being played across three cities – Turin, Madrid and Innsbruck, Austria – culminating with the semifinals and finals in Madrid. Team USA will begin its quest for a record-extending 33rd title in Turin, with group matches against the home Italians on November 26 and Colombia on November 28. Each matchup is a best-of-three tie featuring two singles and one doubles match. The full schedule and field can be viewed on the Davis Cup website.


Isner, 36, is ranked No. 26 and is a former world No. 8. The Davis Cup veteran would be making his first appearance for the U.S. team since the 2018 Quarterfinals. Isner played Davis Cup every year from 2010-18, which ranks third all-time for the U.S. in consecutive years played, and has a 17-11 overall record in Davis Cup play.


Opelka, 24, is ranked No. 27. He made his Top 20 debut in September at No. 19 after a summer in which he reached his first ATP Masters 1000 final in Toronto and reached the fourth round at the US Open. He is making his third straight appearance for the U.S. Davis Cup Team, having helped the U.S. qualify for these Finals with a 4-0 victory over Uzbekistan in March 2020.


Fritz, 23, is ranked No. 28 and is coming off his first ATP Masters 1000 semifinal at Indian Wells. Fritz is also making his third consecutive U.S. Davis Cup appearance since debuting at the 2019 Finals, where he defeated Matteo Berrettini to help the U.S. beat Italy in Madrid.


Sock, 29, is ranked No. 148 in doubles and No. 152 in singles and has career-high ranks of No. 2 and No. 8, respectively. A three-time Grand Slam doubles champion and 2016 Rio Olympic men’s doubles gold medalist, Sock is 8-3 overall in Davis Cup play with a 4-0 mark in doubles, including a notable victory with Sam Querrey over Italy’s Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli at the 2019 Madrid Finals, a match that marked the second-latest finish in tennis history, at 4:04 a.m.


Ram, 37, is ranked a career-high No. 4 in doubles and will be making his Davis Cup debut. A two-time U.S. Olympian and 2016 Rio silver medalist in mixed doubles, Ram won his second Grand Slam and third ATP Masters 1000 doubles titles this summer at the US Open and Toronto, respectively, and owns 22 career ATP doubles titles.

There are four USTA Pro Circuit tournaments this week, which I'll get to tomorrow, when the qualifying is complete, but there is also an ATP Challenger 80 in Las Vegas, which is not a part of the USTA Pro Circuit. Donald Young, who lost last week in the second round of the $15K in Vero Beach, qualified today, beating Michael Redlicki(Arkansas) 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-6(10). 2019 Wimbledon boys champion Shintaro Mochizuki of Japan, now 18, also qualified for the main draw.  Steve Johnson(USC) is the top seed; main draw wild cards were given to Aleks Kovacevic(Illinois) and two UNLV seniors: Christopher Bulus and Jordan Sauer.

In first round action today, Thai Kwiatkowski(Virginia), Ernesto Escobedo and Aleks Vukic(Illinois) of Australia posted wins.


Clark Coleman said...

Inaki Montes of Virginia had to default the singles and doubles finals without playing eiher one. Instead of showing a walkover, both matches were listed as 6-0 ret (inj) which is not correct.

Colette Lewis said...

Thanks for that information!