TALLAHASSEE, FL – After many highly contested matches throughout the week, the singles and doubles champions have been crowned from the 2023 ITA Tennis-Point National Summer Championships powered by WTN.
Now in its 30th year, this year’s singles and doubles champions will join the long list of previous champions who have gone on to do great things collegiately as a player, collegiately as a pro, and as a player on the pro tour.
In the men’s singles final, Kenta Miyoshi (Illinois, 5.1 WTN) took on James Connel (Florida State, 4.5 WTN) in what was a three-set battle between two players who have each dominated throughout the tournament.
It was Connel who jumped out to the early lead, winning 6-2 in the first set in front of his hometown crowd in Tallahassee. However, it was Miyoshi who came out swinging in the second set, leveling the match after a 6-4 second set victory,
Now in a decisive third set, Miyoshi pulled away towards the end of the match tiebreaker, winning 10-7 to secure the championship. Miyoshi becomes the fourth player from Illinois to win the men’s singles championship and is the first winner since 2012 when Farris Gosea was victorious.
From the women’s singles final, Adeline Flach (Auburn, 13.9 WTN) took on Lily Jones (Michigan, 10.2 WTN).
After Jones took the first set 6-4 over Flach, the second set saw Jones be down a break for a large majority of the second set before she began her push to end the match in a clean two sets.
Leveling things at 6-6 after a Flach hold of serve, Jones came out firing in the set tiebreak winning the first four points before eventually winning the match 6-4, 7-6 (2). Jones is the second straight Wolverine to win the women’s singles draw, joining Julia Fliegner who won the event last summer.
In doubles, the Auburn pairing of Ali Despain (Auburn, 13.4 WTN) and Adeline Flach (Auburn, 15.9 WTN) took down the Wisconsin pairing of Ellison Reynoldson (22.6 WTN) and Ariel Johnson (15.0 WTN) in the final. The Auburn pairing of Despain and Flach are the first doubles champions from Auburn in the tournament’s history.
The top seeds of Thomas Kennedy (Furman, 13.6 WTN) and James Connel (Florida State, 5.4 WTN) were the men’s doubles champions after their opponents withdrew prior to the final.