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2012 ITA Men's All-American Championships Gets Underway Saturday
Friday, 09/28/2012
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College tennis resumes this fall as the nation's top players are set to compete for the first men's national title of the fall season at the 2012 ITA Men's All-American Championships.  For the eighth straight year, the University of Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center will be the site for the ITA Men's All-American Championships.

Prequalifying matches are set to begin on Sept. 29 with qualifying matches following on Oct. 1.  A field of 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams will then compete in the main draw on Oct. 4.

Singles quarterfinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions will receive an automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on Nov. 8-11, held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY.

Although 2011 singles champion Mitchell Frank of Virginia is out with an injury, the 2012 field is still deep with talent.  Duke's Henrique Cunha is a player to watch in this year's tournament as he enters the ITA All-American Championships as the top ranked player in the Campbell/ITA Division I Preseason Rankings.  Cunhais making his fourth straight All-American singles appearance after racking up 41wins last year playing exclusively first singles.

Highlighting the doubles field is Jonas Lutjen and Nik Scholtz from Ole Miss.  The duo enters the ITA All-American Championships as the second ranked doubles team in the nation after recording an 18-6 record last season.  Earlier this year Lutjen captured the prestigious Southern Intercollegiate singles title while Scholtz represented South Africa in Davis Cup action.

Other top players returning to Tulsa this season are 2010 ITA All-American singles champion and 2012 NCAA Quarterfinalist Alex Domijan of Virginia.  Fellow Cavalier Jarmere Jenkins is also in the singles field after earning ACC Player of the Year honors last year, as is, two-time ITA All-American and 2012 Big Ten Athlete of the Year Evan King of Michigan.



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