While the Grand Slams, ATP Tour, and WTA Tour tend to take all of the focus when it comes to professional tennis, a vast majority of the professional players typically kick off their careers on the ITF Men’s and Women’s World Tours as well as the ATP Challenger Tour where players compete week in and week out to climb up in the professional ranks.

In 2023, current and former collegians have been kickstarting their careers after college on the ITF Men’s and Women’s Tours as well as the ATP Challenger Tour, winning over 120 Titles so far in the 2023 calendar year.

These players with college ties include former NCAA Singles and Doubles Champions, ITA National Champions, National Players of the Year, as well as current players who are contributing to their team’s success this season.

Beginning with the ATP Challenger Tour, former ITA National Player of the Year Nuno Borges (Mississippi State), as well as two-time ITA All-American Aleksandar Kovacevic (Illinois), already have claimed two ATP Challenger Singles Titles this season. Joining Rinky Hijikata (North Carolina) who won the Caterpillar Burnie International, these three players have already accounted for five Challenger Titles in 2023.

Across doubles play on the ATP Challenger Tour, 18 former collegians have won Doubles Titles across 14 Challenger Events with several winning on multiple occasions. Of these Champions, several currently rank within the Top 100 of the world as Nathaniel Lammons (SMU), Jackson Withrow (Texas A&M), Sadio Doumbia (AUM/Georgia), and Andre Goransson (Cal) make up just a few of these notable winners.

On the ITF Women’s World Tour, some of the top players from the 2021-22 season at the NCAA Division I level have seen their professional careers blossom as the past two NCAA Singles Champions, Peyton Stearns (Texas) and Emma Navarro (Virginia), have each won titles this year. They make up two of the eight former collegians who have won ITF Women’s Singles Titles so far in 2023.

From the ITF Men’s World Tour, former ITA All-Americans such as Gabi Adrian Boitan (Baylor), Gabriel Diallo (Kentucky), and Clement Chidekh (Washington) are all kickstarting their professional careers in a strong way on the ITF Tour. Current collegians have also made their presence felt on the ITF Men’s World Tour this year as Radu Mihai Papoe (Cornell) won the M15 in Ithaca, NY, and Arthur Fery (Stanford) won the M25 in Malibu, CA just a few months back.

Doubles play on the ITF Men’s and Women’s World Tour has been exceptional for collegians so far in 2023, as 73 Titles have already been won by both current and former student-athletes.

Names such as Daniel Cukierman (USC), Matej Vocel (Oklahoma State/Ohio State), and Nathan Ponwith (Arizona State) headline a crowded list of Champions on the men’s side which boasts alumni from the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, and JUCO levels of play.

Similarly, on the women’s side, names such as Ashley Lahey (Pepperdine), Francesca Di Lorenzo (Ohio State), Elysia Bolton (UCLA), and Makenna Jones (North Carolina) are just a few of the Champions already in 2023, joining a list which features NCAA Champions, ITA All-Americans, and Australian Open Finalists.

The ITF Men’s and Women’s World Tour, as well as the ATP Challenger Tour, account for just a few of the numerous ways collegiate tennis players can spark professional careers after college. With tournaments taking place each and every week of the calendar year, many of these players serve as the backbone to the ultimately much larger tennis ecosystem.

Through programs such as the ATP Accelerator Program, the ITA hopes to continue to shine a light and provide a pathway to all players who have aspirations to pursue professional careers after their time in college is complete.

Read below for a complete list of ITF Tour and ATP Challenger Tour Champions with college ties to start the 2023 season:

Quick Travel: ITF Men’s Singles | ITF Men’s Doubles | ITF Women’s Singles | ITF Women’s Doubles | ATP Challenger Singles | ATP Challenger Doubles

ITF Men’s World Tour Singles Champions

M15 Sharm ElsheikhJosh SheehyAbilene Christian
M25 Wesley Chapel, FLNathan PonwithArizona State
M15 Palm Coast, FLGabi Adrian BoitanBaylor
M15 Weston, FLGabi Adrian BoitanBaylor
M15 Napels, FLGabi Adrian BoitanBaylor
M15 Ithaca, NYRadu Mihai PapoeCornell
M25 MonastirOliver CrawfordFlorida
M25 MontrealGabriel DialloKentucky
M15 Napels, FLFederico Agustin GomezLouisville
M15 MonastirMoez EcharguiNevada
M15 MonastirMoez EcharguiNevada
M15 MonastirGuy Den OudenPepperdine
M25 Malibu, CAArthur FeryStanford
M25 Al ZahraPrajnesh GunneswaranTennessee
M25 FaroLucas PoullainFlorida State
M25 SheffieldDaniel LittleUtah
M25 BathHenri SquireWake Forest
M25 LoughboroughClement ChidekhWashington
M25 SunderlandClement ChidekhWashington

ITF Men’s World Tour Doubles Champions

M15 Ithaca, NYNathan PonwithArizona State
M25 Santo DomingoConner Huertas del PinoAuburn
M25 Santo DomingoConner Huertas del PinoAuburn
M15 AntalyaMatteo De VincentisAuburn
M25 ManacorFilip BergeviCalifornia
M25 LoughboroughTom HandsDrake
M15 Naples, FLJiri JenicekFlagler/FAU
M25 Wesley Chapel, FLAlfredo PerezFlorida
M25 MontrealAlfredo PerezFlorida
M15 Sharm ElsheikhJohannes IngildsenFlorida
M25 ManacorAlex KnaffFlorida State
M15 MonastirKai WehneltHawaii/Utah State
M15 MonastirKai WehneltHawaii/Utah State
M25 MontrealZeke ClarkIllinois
M15 OberhachingJoe TylerIowa/San Diego State
M25 MontrealJoe TylerIowa/San Diego State
M15 Naples, FLFederico Agustin GomezLouisville
M25 Bakersfield, CAChristian LangmoMiami
M15 Edmond, OKBenjamin SigouinNorth Carolina
M15 Edmond, OKMac KigerNorth Carolina
M15 Palm Coast, FLMac KigerNorth Carolina
M15 MonastirTim HandelNorthern Arizona
M25 Vila Real De Santo AntonioMatej VocelOklahoma State/Ohio State
M15 AktobeAleksandre BakshiOklahoma/Texas A&M
M25 Veigy-FoncenexZvonimir BabicOle Miss
M15 Kish IslandGergely MadaraszPurdue
M15 Ithaca, NYNick ChappellTCU
M15 MonastirAndrew RogersTennessee/Pepperdine
M15 MonastirColin MarkesTexas
M25 MontrealJuan Carlos AguilarTexas A&M/TCU
M15 Palm Coast, FLGeorge GoldhoffTexas/Baylor
M15 OberhachingJoshua GoodgerTulsa/Florida
M15 AntalyaJorge Martinez MartinezTyler JC
M25 Santo DomingoArklon Huertas del PinoUIndy
M25 Santo DomingoArklon Huertas del PinoUIndy
M25 SunderlandDaniel CukiermanUSC
M25 ManacorAlberto Barroso CamposUSF
M25 Wesley Chapel, FLRoberto Cid SuberviUSF
M15 MonastirKris van WykWeber State
M25 TucumanMurkel DellienWichita State

ITF Women’s World Tour Singles Champions

W25 PretoriaEmina BektasMichigan
W25 Malibu, CAJamie LoebNorth Carolina
W40 NonthaburiKateryna BondarenkoNorthwestern Ohio
W25 Spring, TXYuliia StarodubtsevaOld Dominion
W25 FrederictonGabriela KnutsonSyracuse
W25 Orlando, FLPeyton StearnsTexas
W60 Rome, GAPeyton StearnsTexas
W25 Naples, FLEmma NavarroVirginia
W25 Santo DomingoStacey FungWashington

ITF Women’s World Tour Doubles Champions

W25 BathLauryn John-BaptisteArizona State
W25 Spring, TXMaria MateasDuke
W60+H IrapuatoIngrid NeelFlorida
W40 AstanaAnna DanilinaFlorida
W25 Orlando, FLRasheeda McAdooGeorgia Tech
W25 Santo DomingoRasheeda McAdooGeorgia Tech
W25 Joue Les ToursJustina MikulskyteKentucky
W15 AntalyaNatalia SiedliskaLynn
W40 Mexico CitySofia SewingMiami
W25 Santo DomingoSofia SewingMiami
W60+H IrapuatoEmina BektasMichigan
W25 PretoriaEmina BektasMichigan
W15 MonastirMagdalini AdaloglouMississippi State
W40 MonastirSada NahimanaNC State
W25 Naples, FLReese BrantmeierNorth Carolina
W25 Naples, FLMakenna JonesNorth Carolina
W60 Vero Beach, FLMakenna JonesNorth Carolina
W40 TallinnJessie AneyNorth Carolina
W25 FrederictonJessie AneyNorth Carolina
W60 TrnavaAlicia BarnettNorthwestern
W60 Vero Beach, FLFrancesca Di LorenzoOhio State
W60 Arcadia, CAFrancesca Di LorenzoOhio State
W25 BathKatarina StresnakovaOklahoma State
W25 Boca Raton, FLTiphanie LemaitreOle Miss, Kentucky, TCU
W25 Boca Raton, FLAshley LaheyPepperdine
W60 Rome, GALulu SunTexas
W15 GwaliorKsenia LaskutovaTulsa
W15 AmiensMartha MatoulaTulsa
W25 Orlando, FLJada Myii HartUCLA
W25 Santo DomingoJada Myii HartUCLA
W25 Swan HillElysia BoltonUCLA
W60 CanberraElysia BoltonUCLA
W60 Arcadia, CAChristina RoscaVanderbilt

ATP Challenger Singles Champions

Texas Tennis ClassicAleksandar KovacevicIllinois
Cleveland OpenAleksandar KovacevicIllinois
Abierto GNP SegurosNuno BorgesMississippi State
Arizona Tennis ClassicNuno BorgesMississippi State
Caterpillar Burnie InternationalRinky HijikataNorth Carolina

ATP Challenger Doubles Champions

Cleveland OpenHans Hach VerdugoAbilene Christian
Bangkok OpenSaketh MyneniAlabama
Quimper OpenSadio DoumbiaAUM/Georgia
Canberra InternationalAndre GoranssonCalifornia
Canberra InternationalBen McLachlanCalifornia
Abierto GNP SegurosAndre GoranssonCalifornia
Abierto GNP SegurosBen McLachlanCalifornia
Megasaray Hotels OpenFilip BergeviCalifornia
Rome ChallengerLuke JohnsonClemson/Florida
SIFA OpenColin SinclairCornell
Vina ChallengerDiego HidalgoFlorida
Tenerife ChallengerAndrew HarrisOklahoma
Chennai OpenArjun KadheOklahoma State
Koblenz OpenFabian FallertOle Miss
Rome ChallengerSam VerbeekPacific
Koblenz OpenHendrik JebensSan Diego State
Arizona Tennis ClassicNathaniel LammonsSMU
Puerto Magico OpenMiguel Reyes-VarelaTexas
Arizona Tennis ClassicJackson WithrowTexas A&M
Cleveland OpenRobert GallowayWofford
Puerto Magico OpenRobert GallowayWofford
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