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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Jovic, Urhobo Advance to Quarterfinals at W75 Zephyrhills; Eight D-I Super Regionals Set for Friday; ITA Announces New Summer Series; Johnny Mac Project Scholarship Tryouts June 15; Bartunkova Suspended for Banned Substance

Sixteen-year-old Iva Jovic and 17-year-old Akasha Urhobo continue to have success at high-level ITF women's World Tennis Tour events, reaching the quarterfinals this week at the W75 in Zephyrhills Florida, a week after advancing to the quarterifnals of the W100 last week in Bonita Springs. 

Jovic, who qualified this week after receiving a wild card last week, defeated Victoria Hu(Princeton) 6-2, 6-2 in today's second round and will face No. 4 seed Timea Babos of Hungary in Friday's quarterfinals.

Urhobo, who got a wild card this week after qualifying last week, defeated qualifier Maria Okalova(Tulsa) of Slovakia 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 today and will play No. 3 seed Ann Li. Li defeated Urhobo in straight sets last fall in the first round of a W75 in Macon Georgia.

The other Americans advancing to the quarterfinals are Kayla Day[1], Hanna Chang[7] and Maria Mateas(Duke).

The Division I Super Regionals begin Friday afternoon, with three men's and five women's matches on the schedule. Cracked Racquets will have coverage via their YouTube channel beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, for what I have heard is 13 of the 16 campus locations. The teams seeded 1-8 are hosting, all times are Eastern.

Men's D-I Super Regionals


Virginia[3] v South Carolina 4 pm Friday May 10

Wake Forest[6] v Stanford 5 pm Friday May 10

Texas[2] v Texas A&M[15] 7 pm Friday May 10


Ohio State[1] v Mississippi State[16] noon Saturday May 11

Columbia[8] v Arizona[9] 1pm Saturday May 11

Kentucky[5] v Harvard[12] 2pm Saturday May 11

TCU[4] v Duke[13] 2pm Saturday May 11

Tennessee[7] v Florida State[10] 1pm Saturday May 11

Women's D-I Super Regionals


UCLA[8] v Texas[9] 3pm Friday May 10

Pepperdine[6] v Southern California 4pm Friday May 10

Georgia[7] v Cal[10] 4pm Friday May 10

Stanford[2] v NC State[15] 5pm Friday May 10

North Carolina[4] v Texas A&M[13] 6pm Friday May 10


Oklahoma State[1] v Tennessee[16] 4pm Saturday May 11

Virginia[5] v Vanderbilt 1pm Saturday May 11

Michigan[3] v Miami 1pm Saturday May 11

I don't know how long they will stay up, but the approved lineups for the Super Regionals are posted now, with the men here and the women here.

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association has announced a new Summer Series, which now includes not just the long-standing Summer Circuit tournaments, but additional tournaments called the Masters Series, for players who have an appropriate World Tennis Number rating. As usual, the Summer events culminate in the ITA Summer Championships, with the dates and location of that annual tournament yet to be announced.

For more on these events, including the current schedules, click here.

In February, I wrote a Tennis Recruiting Network article about Ryann Cutillo, who played collegiately at Wake Forest and is now the executive director of the Johnny Mac Tennis Project in New York. This non-profit is separate from, but aligned with the John McEnroe Tennis Academy (one of my longtime sponsors here at zootennis). Tryouts for JMTP scholarships are set for June 15 at the Sportime Club at Randall's Island, with more information on the tryouts available here.

The International Tennis Integrity Agency announced today that 18-year-old Nikola Bartunkova of the Czech Republic has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for a banned substance earlier this year. Bartunkova, who reached the final of the Wimbledon Junior Championships last year, has not played on the ITF Junior Circuit since last year's US Open, but has had notable success on the ITF women's World Tennis Tour, where these tests were conducted. Bartunkova, who has been as high as No. 8 in the ITF junior rankings, has a career-high WTA ranking of 226, reached last month.  The ITIA release announcing the provisional suspension identifies the banned substance and provides the circumstances of the positive tests.