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TENNIS CENTRAL: ITA All-American
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ITA All-American Championships

Saturday, Sept. 29

Day 1
Pre-Qualifying Singles

Sunday, Sept. 30

Day 2
Pre-Qualifying Singles

Monday, Oct. 1

Day 3
Qualifying Singles & Doubles

Tuesday, Oct. 2

Day 4
Qualifying Singles & Doubles

Wednesday, Oct. 3

Day 5
Qualifying Singles & Doubles

Thursday, Oct. 4

Day 6
Main Draw Singles & Doubles

Friday, Oct. 5

Day 7
Main Draw Singles & Doubles

Saturday, Oct. 6

Day 8
Main Draw Singles & Doubles

Sunday, Oct. 7

Day 9
Main Draw Singles & Doubles

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Who's Playing?
Pre-Qualifying singles: Edward Jones, Taylor Patrick
Qualifying singles: Jarryd Chaplin, John Collins, Brandon Fickey
Qualifying doubles: Edward Jones/Brandon Fickey
Main Draw singles: Mikelis Libietis, Hunter Reese
Main Draw doubles: Hunter Reese/John Collins, Mikelis Libietis/Jarryd Chaplin

About the Tournament: The Vols' are sending seven Vols to the ITA All-American Championships, the UT largest participation during the Sam Winterbotham era. Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese are set to make their main draw debuts in both singles and doubles. The Vols are one of two schools with two doubles teams in the main draw.

Tourney Storylines
WHO'S THERE?
  • Seven of eight Vols are traveling to Tulsa, Okla., with sophomores Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese making their main draw debuts in singles and doubles. Three doubles pairings are set to go in the tournament, including two in the main draw, which starts Oct. 4.
  • Mikelis Libietis will be opening his fall season at the All-American after missing action at the Baylor HEB Invitational. Libietis, who played every match as a freshman at the No. 1 position last spring, is ranked a career-best No. 15 in singles and is also No. 17 with Jarryd Chaplin.
  • Reese, ranked 34th, is off to a fast start to his season. He won five matches in straight sets to reach the finals at Baylor, matching the fall win total from his entire freshman year. It was his first career singles championship appearance.
  • Like Reese, Edward Jones and Jarryd Chaplin had a sharp opening weekend. The two teamed up to win their first doubles title together, knocking off the second and third seeds en route to the championship. Jones logged his 70th career doubles victory.

ABOUT THE ALL-AMERICAN

  • The ITA All-American Championships is considered the first of three individual "grand slams" in college tennis, joining the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in November and the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships in May. Both the All-American and NCAA Championships are outdoor hardcourt tournaments.
  • The All-American is the longest individual collegiate event, spanning nine days including the five days of qualifying. It is the only tournament to feature a pre-qualifying draw.

VOLS' ALL-AMERICAN HISTORY

  • John-Patrick Smith delivered a record-setting performance at the 2009 All-American, becoming the third player in tournament history to sweep the singles and doubles titles in the same year. He won 11 matches in four days on his way to his historic performance.
  • Smith is the Vols' only singles champion. He won the doubles title with Boris Conkic in their first collegiate tournament together.
  • 1980s Tennessee greats Byron Talbot and Shelby Cannon won the doubles title in 1986.
  • Paul Annacone, the Vols' first three-time All-American and Roger Federer's current coach, was a singles finalist in 1982.

 

 

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