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CHARLOTTESVILLE — The University of Virginia will host the 2007 ITA Wilson Mideast Region Championships this week at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. The tournament will run from October 17-22 and admission is free.

This season marks the first year that Virginia has hosted the event, which features almost 200 of the best players in the region competing to qualify for the ITA National Championships next month in Columbus, Ohio. The two singles finalists and the doubles champion from the regional will automatically qualify for the national championships.

Among the field are 22 players ranked in the preseason ITA singles rankings: No. 25 David North (Georgia Tech), No. 26 Martin Sayer (Radford), No. 45 Andy Juc (Furman), No. 46 Cory Parr (Wake Forest), No. 55 Nick Cavaday (NC State), No. 56 Benjamin Carlotti (North Carolina), No. 57 Kiril Dimitrov (Duke), No. 62 Roy Sichel (Charlotte), No. 65 Dominic Inglot (Virginia), No. 70 Jean-Yves Aubone (Florida State), No. 79 Pedro Campos (South Carolina), No. 85 Alex Cojanu (William & Mary), No. 99 Sanam Singh (Virginia), No. 100 Albert Larregola (Virginia Tech), No. 105 Clint Bowles (Florida State), No. 107 Stefan Hardy (North Carolina), No. 109 Dylan Arnould (Duke), No. 114 Reid Carleton (Duke), No. 115 Omer Abramovich (College of Charleston), No. 119 Michael Shabaz (Virginia), No. 122 Damon Gooch (Elon), and No. 125 Jay Weinacker (NC State).

In addition to Inglot, Singh, and Shabaz, the Cavaliers will have six more players competing in the event: Ted Angelinos (Athens, Greece), Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.), Andrew Downing (Virginia Beach, Va.), Nick Meros (Tallahassee, Fla.), Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and Leif Sunderland (Malibu, Calif.). Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) and Treat Huey (Alexandria, Va.) will not compete, having already received bids to nationals based on results in previous national tournaments.

Play begins on Wednesday at 9 a.m. with action in the qualifying draw. Main draw play begins on Thursday.

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