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Monday, June 6, 2022

ITA Announces Regional Awards, All-Americans; Southern California Tops Women's Spring Recruiting Class Rankings; Smith and Damm Qualify at Orlando Challenger; Rubin Top Seed at East Lansing $25K

The ITA announced its regional award winners, which are primarily the nominees for its national awards, which will be revealed next Monday. The national awards used to be announced the day of the NCAA team finals, but that has changed since the pandemic. National Player of the Year awards, which go to the man and woman at No. 1 in the final rankings, were announced when the final rankings were released last week. The women's regional award winners are here; the men's regional award winners are here.

The official announcement of All-Americans was also released today and they are listed below, with those singles players in bold receiving the honor in doubles as well:

Men's Singles:
Adrian Boitan, Baylor
Ben Shelton, Florida
Sam Riffice, Florida

Hamish Stewart, Georgia
Henry von der Schulenburg, Harvard
Liam Draxl, Kentucky
Gabriel Diallo, Kentucky
Ronnie Hohmann, LSU
Brian Cernoch, North Carolina
Cannon Kingsley, Ohio State
Matej Vocel, Ohio State
JJ Tracy, Ohio State
Nikola Slavic, Ole Miss
August Holmgren, San Diego
Daniel Rodrigues, South Carolina
Arthur Fery, Stanford
Luc Fomba, TCU
Juan Carlos Aguilar, TCU
Adam Walton, Tennessee
Johannus Monday, Tennessee
Stefan Dostanic, USC
Inaki Montes de la Torre, Virginia
Chris Rodesch, Virginia
Eduardo Nava, Wake Forest
Clement Chidekh, Washington

Men's Doubles:
Tad Maclean and Finn Murgett, Auburn  
Finn Bass and Sven Lah, Baylor  
Sam Riffice and Ben Shelton, Florida
Robert Cash and Matej Vocel, Ohio State
Daniel Rodrigues and Connor Thomson, South Carolina 
Jacob Fearnley and Luc Fomba, TCU 
Pat Harper and Adam Walton, Tennessee
Richard Ciamarra and Cleeve Harper, Texas
Eliot Spizzirri and Siem Woldeab, Texas
Stefan Dostanic and Bradley Frye, USC
Charles Bertimon and Maxence Bertimon, VCU
Siddhant Banthia and Jakob Schnaitter, Wake Forest

Women's Singles:
Haley Giavara, California
Chloe Beck, Duke 
Georgia Drummy, Duke   
McCartney Kessler, Florida
Petra Hule, Florida State
Mell Reasco, Georgia
Jaeda Daniel, NC State
Abigail Rencheli, NC State
Cameron Morra, North Carolina
Elizabeth Scotty, North Carolina  
Fiona Crawley, North Carolina
Carson Tanguilig, North Carolina
Irina Cantos Siemers, Ohio State
Layne Sleeth, Oklahoma
Yulia Starodubtseva, Old Dominion
Shiori Fukuda, Pepperdinie
Lisa Zaar, Pepperdine
Daria Frayman, Princeton  
Mariia Kozyreva, St. Mary’s
Sarah Hamner, South Carolina
Connie Ma, Stanford
Peyton Stearns, Texas
Kylie Collins, Texas
Carson Branstine, Texas A&M
Eryn Cayetano, USC
Salma Ewing, USC
Paola Diaz-Delgado, VCU
Emma Navarro, Virginia
Natasha Subhash, Virginia
Michaela Bayerlova, Washington State

Women's Doubles:
Alicia Herrero Linana and Melany Krywoj, Baylor 
Carol Lee and Kate Sharabura, Georgia Tech
Kylie Bilchev and Ava Hrastar, Georgia Tech
Daevenia Achong and Eden Richardson, Miami (FL)
Jaeda Daniel and Nell Miller, NC State 
Fiona Crawley and Elizabeth Scotty, North Carolina
Carmen Corley and Ivana Corley, Oklahoma
Ayumi Miyamoto and Lisa Marie Rioux, Oklahoma State
Tatsiana Sasnouskaya and Yulia Starodubtseva, Old Dominion
Savannah Broadus and Janice Tjen, Pepperdine
Peyton Stearns and Allura Zamarripa, Texas
Jayci Goldsmith and Tatiana Makarova, Texas A&M
Anna Ross and Holly Staff, Vanderbilt
Emma Navarro and Hibah Shaikh, Virginia
Anna Brylin and Brooke Killingsworth, Wake Forest

The Tennis Recruiting Network released its spring women's recruiting class rankings, and as with the men last week, the same team Pac-12 is No. 1 in both the winter and spring rankings. The University of Southern California remains No. 1 in the women's rankings, with Madison Sieg and Emma Charney their two incoming blue chips. Rounding out the top five are Stanford, Texas A&M, Florida and UCLA.

Qualifying is complete at the ATP Challenger 100 in Orlando, with 18-year-old Martin Damm and former UCLA All-American Keegan Smith advancing to the main draw. Damm defeated No. 11 seed Dane Sweeney of Australia 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-1 in today's final round of qualifying, while No. 7 seed Smith defeated No. 2 seed Adrian Menendez-Maceiras of Spain 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.  Damm will play top seed JJ Wolf in the first round, with Smith drawn to play last week's Little Rock Challenger champion, No. 4 seed Jason Kubler of Australia. 

Wild card Brandon Holt(USC), won his first round match over Ergi Kirkin of Turkey, which was interrupted by rain in the second set, by a score of 6-2, 6-3.

In addition to the $15K in San Diego and the Orlando Challenger, there is a new tournament for men this year in East Lansing Michigan, at the $25,000 level. The tournament had a 64-draw for qualifying, twice as large as usual, so it's three days devoted to qualifying, although there are seven first round matches on the schedule for Tuesday, in addition to the eight final round qualifying matches. Several of the All-Americans listed above are competing this week, including both singles A-As from Kentucky. Liam Draxl, the No. 7 seed, takes on local junior Ozan Colak, fresh off a quarterfinal run in the Roland Garros boys doubles, in Tuesday evening's feature match.

Wild cards were given to Little Rock Challenger quarterfinalist Murphy Cassone, the Arizona State rising sophomore, and three Michigan State players: Max Sheldon, Graydon Lair and Anthony Pero.

Noah Rubin(Wake Forest) is the top seed, Naoki Nakagawa of Japan is the No. 2 seed. Zeke Clark(Illinois) is traveling from Cancun, where he won his first ITF World Tour men's singles title today at a $15K. Due to bad weather throughout the week, the final was played today, with Clark, the top seed, defeating Luis Patino of Mexico, the No. 2 seed, 6-3, 6-2. Clark is unseeded in East Lansing.

I plan to attend the tournament on Thursday, for the second round of singles.