Courtney and Singer Advance to All-American Main Draw
TULSA, Okla. – The Virginia men’s tennis team had two singles players and one doubles team advance to the main draw of the ITA All-American Championships during the final day of qualifying Wednesday on the campus of the University of Tulsa. The Cavaliers will have four singles players and two doubles teams competing in the main draw, which begins Thursday.
No. 8 seed Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) advanced from qualifying with a 6-3, 6-2 win over George Coupland of Mississippi State in the final round. Singer won all three of his qualifying matches in straight sets.
No. 32 seed Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) topped Marcel Thiemann of Ole Miss 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 in his final qualifying match.
Singer and Courtney join Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) and Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) in the main draw. Singh and Shabaz received direct entry into the main draw due to their preseason ranking.
In doubles qualifying, the team of Singer and Courtney advanced out of qualifying to reach the main draw. The duo topped No. 27 ranked Jason Jung and George Navas of Michigan Wednesday 8-4 in the final round of qualifying. The team of Milo Johnson (Tulsa, Okla.) and Santiago Villegas (Bogota, Colombia) lost 8-4 in their final qualifying round matchup to Duke’s Reid Carleton and Henrique Cunha.
Courtney and Singer will join the team of Shabaz and Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) in the main draw. Barrick and Shabaz are teaming instead of the two Cavalier teams (Shabaz/Jarmere Jenkins and Singh/Barick) that received direct entry into the field.