WIMBLEDON, U.K. – Virginia men’s tennis alum Alexander Ritschard (Zurich, Switzerland) had advanced through qualifying to earn a spot in the main draw of the 2022 Men’s Singles at The Championships being held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, U.K. June 27- July 10.

This is the first time Ritschard has qualified to play in a Grand Slam. He advanced to the qualifying final last month at Roland-Garros. This will also be his ATP Tour main draw debut.

Ritschard, who is currently ranked No. 192 in the world, defeated Croatian Duje Ajdukovic 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in the qualifying final to punch his ticket. He opened the qualifying tournament with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 win against Stuart Parker and followed with a 6-3, 6-2 victory against Nicolas Kicker to advance to the final.

He will face 4-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the opening round.

Ritschard has won five Futures titles in his professional career and made the finals of the Forli Challenger in Italy last year. At Virginia, Ritschard played three seasons for the Cavaliers as a member of the 2015-17 NCAA Championship teams. In his senior season, he played at the No. 1 singles position, was named the ITA Atlantic Region Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award Winner and the ITA Atlantic Region’s Most Improved Senior while also earning a place on the All-ACC Second Team.

Ritschard is the 16th different Cavalier to play in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament. At least one UVA alum has played in each of the last 53 Grand Slams dating back to 2009 Wimbledon.