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Monday, May 13, 2024

My Division I Super Regional Recap; NCAA D-III Team Championships Reach Quarterfinal Stage; Eight Americans Competing at ITF J300 in Santa Croce Italy; Duke's Sykut Named Head Coach at Elon; USA Team Wins Junior Wheelchair World Cup

If you missed my detailed coverage of the Division I Super Regionals here last Friday and Saturday and want to catch up quickly before Thursday's and Friday's quarterfinals in Stillwater, check out my recap of those 16 matches at the Tennis Recruiting Network today. It also has the times for all the quarterfinals at the bottom of the article.

While Division I was paring down its numbers last weekend, so too was Division III, with the men's and women's team quarterfinalists decided yesterday.  There are no seeds on the draws in Division III, so I've used the May 8th national rankings, with the top 7 in those rankings, in both the men's and women's draws, advancing to the quarterfinals in St. Louis next week. The C-M-S women and Case Western men are the defending champions.

The Division III women's bracket does not have times as of now; the men's bracket does, and they are shown below. 

Monday May 20 Women's Quarterfinals (times TBD)

Claremont-Mudd Scripps[1] v Middlebury[10]
Wesleyan[4] v Emory[5]
Chicago[3] v Johns Hopkins[7]
Pomona-Pitzer[2] v Washington-St Louis[6]

Semifinals Tuesday May 21
Final Thursday May 23

Tuesday May 21 Men's Quarterfinals

Chicago[2] v Dennison[11] 11 a.m.
Emory[5] v Middlebury[7] 11 a.m.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps[1] v Tufts[6] 2 p.m.
Case Western[3] v Bowdoin[4] 2 p.m.

Semifinals Wednesday May 22
Final Friday May 24

With the ITF J500 Trofeo Bonfiglio in Milan Italy next week, a handful of American juniors are playing the ITF J300 warmup event in Santa Croce. Unfortunately this is a 32-player draw, which I do not think is appropriate at the J300 level, so only four US boys and four US girls received main draw spots in the tournament (four others played qualifying, none advanced to the main draw). 

Maya Iyengar received a special exemption after reaching the singles final of the J200 in Prato last week; the other American girls in the draw were Claire An, Kate Fakih and Christasha McNeil. An and Fakih lost in the first round today, while McNeil advanced to the second round and Iyengar plays her first match Tuesday against No. 2 seed Antonia Vergara Rivera of Chile. An lost to top seed Mingge Xu of Great Britain today.

The US boys in draw are Alexander Razeghi, Jack Kennedy, No. 6 seed Cooper Woestendick and Maxwell Exsted. Razeghi played today and advanced to the second round, while the other three are on Tuesday's schedule. 

Top seed Amir Omarkhanov of Kazakhstan lost in the first round today to Anas Mazdrashki of Bulgaria 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Kentucky signee Thomas Faurel of France is the No. 2 seed and plays Tuesday.

Coaching news is frequent this time of year, as most teams have ended their seasons, and although this latest news isn't regarding a position in the Power Five, it does have an impact on the Power Five program, with Maciek Sykut, currently the men's associate head coach at Duke, named men's head coach at Elon. Sykut is succeeding Michael Leonard, who retired at the end of this season after leading the program for 20 years.

The USA's junior wheelchair team won the BNP Paribas World Team Cup title yesterday in Turkey, their fifth title, but first since 2017. Three of the members of the championship team, Tomas Majetic, Max Wong, and Charlie Cooper, competed at the USTA Boys 16s and 18s Nationals in 2022, as shown in the photo below. 

(left to right) Tomas Majetic, Max Wong, Mathias Krodel, Charlie Cooper
photo courtesy YourGameFace.com

For more on the title, see this release from the USTA. Additional coverage of the Junior Wheelchair World Cup can be found at the ITF website.