CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s tennis team hosted the UVA Masters tournament, which ran Friday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Snyder Tennis Center in Charlottesville, Va.
Sunday’s final rounds of singles matches were relocated to the indoor courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Center.
Sophomore Gianni Ross (Chicago, Ill.) picked up a pair of wins on Saturday to advance to the semifinals of the main singles draw, but was edged 7-6 (5), 6-4 by Florida’s Oliver Crawford on Sunday. Crawford went on to win the tournament’s singles championship, downing his teammate Johannes Ingildsen in the final, 6-4, 6-1. Crawford, as the UVA Masters singles champion, has earned a wildcard from the USTA into the qualifying round of the Charlottesville Challenger in October.
In other Sunday action, freshman Ryan Goetz (Greenlawn, N.Y.) battled in a tight backdraw match against Tyler Schick of Tulane. Goetz won the first set in a tiebreaker. Schick returned the favor in the second set, topping Goetz in a tiebreaker. The match was decided in a 10-point supertiebreaker for the third set with Schick prevailing 10-6.
Goetz and sophomore Ammar Alhaqbani (Alexandria, Va.) also played on Sunday, falling 7-5, 6-3 to Kento Yamada of Kentucky.
Next up for the Cavaliers, select members of the team will be traveling to Tulsa, Okla., to compete in the ITA All-American Championships. The event runs from Sept. 29 through Oct. 7.
Singles Main Draw
SF Oliver Crawford (Florida) def. Gianni Ross (Virginia) 7-6 (5-0)
Singles Backdraw Matches
Tyler Schick (Tulane) def. Ryan Goetz (Virginia) 6-7, 7-6, 10-6
Kento Yamada (Kentucky) def. Ammar Alhaqbani (Virginia) 7-5, 6-3