CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Three members of the Virginia men’s tennis team will be competing at the 2019 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships being held Oct. 5-13 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.
Sophomore William Woodall (Washington, D.C.) will be competing this weekend (Oct. 5-6) in prequalifying, trying to advance into the qualifying tournament which takes place Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 7-8.
Junior Gianni Ross (Chicago, Ill.) and sophomore Ryan Goetz (Greenlawn, N.Y.) will begin play in singles in the qualifying tournament.
Ross and Woodall will be partnering in doubles and playing in the qualifying tournament.
Sixteen singles players, in a field of 256, advance from prequalifying singles into the qualifying draw. The qualifying draw includes 112 automatic, at-large and wildcard selections in addition to the 16 advancing from prequalifying. A player must win three rounds to be one of the 16 players to advance from qualifying into the 64-player main draw.
Qualifying doubles is a field of 64 teams with the duos needing three victories to be one of the 16 tandems advancing to the main draw.
Live scoring and streaming video will be available for all main draw matches and qualifying matches played at the Case Tennis Center.
The University of Tulsa is hosting the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championship for the 14th straight season.
In addition to vying for the All-American national title, players will be competing to secure a berth into the 2019 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships, which takes place at the Newport Beach Tennis Club from Nov. 6-10. Singles quarterfinalists, consolation singles champion and finalist, along with doubles semifinalists and consolation doubles champion and finalist advance to the end of fall national championship.
A player from the ACC has won the Saint Francis ITA Men’s All-American Singles Championship in eight of the last nine years. Former Cavalier Thai-Son Kwiatkowski won both the singles and doubles titles in 2015. Stanford has won the most men’s singles titles with six, followed by Georgia and Virginia with five apiece. Tennessee has won the most men’s doubles titles with five, followed by UCLA with three.
- Saturday, Oct. 5 – Woodall dropped his first round match to Lenard Soha of Wisconsin, 6-2, 6-4. In the consolation bracket. Woodall was slated to face Oscar Cutting of Memphis in the first round of the consolation bracket, but all of the consolation matches were canceled due to weather
- Monday, Oct. 7 – Both Goetz and Ross advanced to the second round of qualifying. Goetz topped Mark Wallner of Tennessee, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 while Ross picked up a 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Wake Forest’s Rrezart Cungu. Ross and Woodall won their first-round doubles match, 6-3, 6-3, over Luc Fomba and Tadeas Paroulek of TCU, but were edged in the second round 6-2, 4-6, 1-0(9) by Blake Croyder and Philip Henning of Georgia
- Tuesday, Oct. 8 – Goetz will play in the first wave of matches at 10 a.m. ET at the Case Tennis Center, taking on Juan Pablo Mazzuchi of UCF, a 17-24 seed in the qualifying tournament. Gianni Ross will play his second-round match against Billy Rowe of Vanderbilt at approximately 12:30. Third round matches to determine who advances to the main draw will also take place on Tuesday.
- Wednesday, Oct. 9 – Goetz won his second round match, 6-4, 6-4 over UCF’s Juan Pablo Mazzuchi but fell 6-4, 6-2 to Loic Cloes of South Alabama in the final round of qualifying. Ross won his second-round match, 7-6 (7), 6-4 over Vanderbilt’s Billy Rowe but fell 6-3, 6-3 to Makey Rakotomalala of ASU in the final round of qualifying