Men's Tennis Tulsa-Bound for ITA All-Americans
Sept. 28, 2012
MEMPHIS - - The University of Memphis men's tennis team will roll westward to the University of Tulsa for the 2012 ITA Men's All-American Championships that begin Saturday. Three Tigers will get to sit and cheer on their teammates in the prequalifying round as David O'Leary, Connor Glennon and Johnny Grimal all were put in the qualifying draw, which begins play Monday.
Saturday will mark the first day of play in the prequalifying draw for Tigers Cedric de Zutter, David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury. That trio of Tigers will try to make it through three rounds of the prequalifying draw to get into the qualifying draw with their Tigers teammates. There is no back draw at the ITA All-Americans, so Memphis will be in the win and advance mindset for the weekend.
De Zutter will be the first Tiger to step on the court at 9 a.m. Saturday when he squares off against Sacramento State's Oliver Andersen. The winner of that match will face Tennessee's Taylor Patrick in the second round. Patrick received a first round bye. That second round match will be played at 1 p.m., Saturday. De Zutter sports a 1-3 mark in singles, but should be ready to play after facing stiff competition at the University of Virginia Ranked +1 tournament last weekend.
De Zutter's teammates, O'Hare and Salisbury were both seeded in the prequalifying draw and as such, will receive first round byes. O'Hare (with a 1-2 mark in singles) is the No. 4 seed in the draw and will face Utah's Alejandro Medinilla at noon Saturday in the second round. Medinilla also received a first round bye.
Salisbury is the No. 17 seed in the draw and will square off against UNLV's Charlie Alvarado at 12:30 Saturday. Both Salisbury (who is 2-2 in singles) and Alvarado received first round byes in the draw.
The ITA All-American Championships is an over week-long event that features over 300 of the top collegiate men's tennis players in the country at one event. The singles draw is split into three brackets, the prequalifying, qualifying and main draw. Athletes have to advance through three rounds of singles to move from the prequalifying into the qualifying round. The qualifying draw is 128 players (including the 16 that advance from the prequalifier) and players must again win three rounds to advance into the main draw. The main draw consists of 64 singles players, most of whom are nationally-ranked. There is also a doubles set of draws for the event. Unlike singles, doubles will start with a qualifying draw of 64 teams. Teams must win three rounds of doubles to advance to the main draw doubles of 32 teams.
Prequalifying Draw (Saturday, Sept. 29)