TULSA, Okla. (October 8) – Following four days of pre-qualifying and qualifying play, the main draw of the 2019 Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championships opens Wednesday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the University of Tulsa campus and Case Tennis Center at LaFortune Park in Tulsa, Okla.
The tournament’s main draw format features 64-player men’s and women’s singles draws and 32-team doubles draws. The men will compete at the University of Tulsa, while the women open at the Case Tennis Center at LaFortune Park before moving to the University of Tulsa for the final three days. Play at both sites begins at 9 a.m. (CT).
The singles and doubles finals are scheduled for Sunday and ESPNU will broadcast line the men’s and women’s singles finals. The women’s championship match is scheduled for 6 p.m. (CT) followed by the men’s championship at 8 p.m. (CT).
Among those selected to play and currently in the All-American Championships men’s main draw is six of the top 10 players in the Oracle ITA Preseason National Rankings. Christian Sigsgaard (Texas; No. 2) boasts the highest ranking and is followed by Oliver Crawford (Florida; No. 3), Yuya Ito, (Texas; No. 4), Aleks Kovacevic (Illinois; No. 6), Jack Lin (Columbia; No. 9) and Sam Riffice (Florida; No. 10).
Selections and those currently in the women’s main draw include eight of the top 10 players in the Oracle ITA Preseason National Rankings. The list includes Estela Perez-Somarriba (Miami, Fla.; No. 2), Makenna Jones (North Carolina; No. 3), Alexa Graham (North Carolina; No. 4); Kelly Chen (Duke; No. 5), Sara Daavettila (North Carolina; No. 7); Anna Rogers (NC State; No. 8), Jada Hart (UCLA; No. 9) and Kenya Jones (Georgia Tech; No. 10).
Sigsgaard, who captured the 2018 ITA All-American Championships consolation title, is the No. 1 seed in the men’s draw while 2019 NCAA Division I singles champion Perez-Somarriba is the top seed on the women’s side.
The host University of Tulsa will be represented in the men’s draw by Kody Pearson and Juan Pablo Cenoz, while Martina Okalova and Vera Ploner will compete in the women’s draw.
The men’s and women’s singles quarterfinalists, consolation finalists, plus the doubles semifinalists and consolation finalists for each gender will earn automatic entry into the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships slated for Nov. 6-10 in Newport Beach, Calif.
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