Off the cusps of yet another strong showing from collegians at the French Open, Austin Krajicek (Men’s Doubles Champion) & Tim Puetz (Mixed Doubles Champion), both current and former collegians will look to continue this momentum into the third Grand Slam of the season as qualifying play gets underway from the grass courts of Wimbledon.
In total, 22 current and former collegians are looking to reach the main draw of Wimbledon this week as they compete in the singles qualifying draw with the hopes of claiming one of the sixteen main draw qualifying spots on both the men’s and women’s sides of play.
Within the men’s qualifying draw, a wave of youth can be seen throughout the collegians competing as five of the twelve players with college ties are either current players or were at the collegiate level within the past two seasons.
Two of these players include Johannus Monday (Tennessee) and Toby Samuel (South Carolina) who were two of the top collegiate singles players over the 2022-23 season. For Monday, he finished ranked No. 6 in the year-end ITA Collegiate Singles Rankings sponsored by Tennis-Point, while Samuel ended the year ranked No. 10 in the Singles Rankings and No. 1 in the Doubles Rankings with partner Connor Thompson.
The Trojans of USC will also be heavily represented during qualifying play as Emilio Gomez, Brandon Holt, and Steve Johnson have all made the qualifying draw.
Across the women’s qualifying draw, many familiar faces will make up the qualifying draw as ten current and former collegians will look to claim their position in the main draw.
Diana Shnaider (NC State), one of the breakout stars of both college tennis and the WTA Tour, will have her sights set on the main draw after reaching at least the first round of main draw play at both the Australian Open and the French Open. The freshman for the Wolfpack finished her freshman campaign as the No. 4 ranked singles player in the ITA Collegiate Singles Rankings.
Former Michigan standout, Emina Bektas, will look to continue her good run of form on grass this week. Over the past two WTA 250 grass court events, Bektas has reached at least the round of sixteen and has reached a career-high WTA Singles Ranking of No. 139 in the world.
In total, 23 separate colleges and universities will be represented during qualifying play at Wimbledon. Play began Monday, June 26th, and will continue throughout the week until the 32 men’s and women’s qualifiers are determined.
Men’s Qualifying Draw
|Charles Broom||Dartmouth, Baylor||374|
|Rinky Hijikata||North Carolina||113|
|Aziz Dougaz||Florida State||233|
|Toby Samuel||South Carolina||543|
|Nicolas Moreno De Alboran||UC Santa Barbara||142|
Women’s Qualifying Draw
|Fernanda Contreras Gómez||Vanderbilt||288|
|Diana Shnaider||NC State||98|
|Arianne Hartono||Ole Miss||194|
|Irina Falconi Hartman||Georgia Tech||N/A|
|Yuriko Lily Miyazaki||Oklahoma||242|
|Aliona Bolsova||FAU, Oklahoma State||117|
|Leolia Jeanjean||Lynn, Baylor, Arkansas||143|