2013 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men's All-American Championships
Get Underway Saturday
Pre-Qualifying Singles kicks off the action in Tulsa, Okla
PQ Singles Draw
College tennis resumes this fall as the nation's top players are set to compete for the first men's national title of the fall season at the 2013 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men's All-American Championships. For the ninth straight year, the University of Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center will be the site for the ITA Men's All-American Championships.
Pre-qualifying matches are set to begin on Sept. 28 with qualifying matches following on Sept. 30. A field of 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams will then compete in the main draw on Oct. 3.
Singles quarterfinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions will receive an automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on Nov. 7-10, held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY.
Highlighting this year's men's singles field is preseason No. 1 Mikelis Libietis of the University of Tennessee and he'll seek to improve on his third-round appearance here last year. The junior was named the 2013 ITA Player to Watch after finishing No. 3 in the ITA National Singles Rankings. Libietis is also part of the top-ranked doubles team with Hunter Reese.
Defending singles champion Alex Domijan from the University of Virginia returns to try to win a third title after also winning in 2010. Domijan begins the season ranked No. 2.
The doubles field features Tennessee's top-ranked tandem of Libietis and Reese. Last year, the duo reunited in the spring and won 10 straight matches in SEC play and finished with a No. 3 ranking in the ITA National Doubles Rankings.
Players to watch include UCLA freshman Mackenzie McDonald, who received the ITA Wildcard. McDonald grabbed headlines this summer after beating two-time ITA National Player of the Year Steve Johnson and ATP World Tour No. 77 Nicholas Mahut at the Western and Southern Open masters event to qualify for the main draw.
A number of former ITA Men's All-American champions have gone on to professional success, including John Isner (Georgia), who reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the US Open in 2011; Bob and Mike Bryan (Stanford), whose 12 Grand Slam titles surpassed the record for most Grand Slam doubles titles in the Open era; James Blake (Harvard), who peaked at No. 4 in the world in 2006; MaliVai Washington (Michigan), who was the 1996 Wimbledon men's singles runner-up; and Mikael Pernfors (Georgia), who was the 1986 French Open men's singles runner-up.
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