The SEC is showing up strong in the ITA Division I Men’s Singles Preseason Rankings. All five of the top singles players hail from SEC schools. The Gators are the sole SEC school to place two in the top five with No. 2 Sam Riffice and No. 4 Duarte Vale.

The top spot went to Kentucky standout and ITA National Player of the Year Liam Draxl. Draxl finished the 2021 season ranked No. 1 nationally after reaching the singles semifinals at the NCAA Championships. Draxl was featured in every ranking during the 2021 season and held the top spot in the final five rankings. Last season, he notched two wins over two players ranked No. 1 in the country.

Returning for his senior year, Florida’s Sam Riffice slides into the No. 2 spot. Riffice ended his junior campaign with a NCAA Singles title. He came back in the championship match to defeat Daniel Rodrigues and bring home the third singles title in program history to Gainesville. After spending his summer competing on the USTA Collegiate Summer Team, Riffice competed in the 2021 US Open. He fell in the first round to Grigor Dimitrov (ATP 18). Joining him in the top five of the rankings is teammate Duarte Vale. Vale checks in at No. 4. Vale led the Gators at the top of the lineup all season. He finished with a 17-6 record and was named an ITA Singles All-American for the second time in his career.

Coming off a stellar sophomore season, South Carolina’s Daniel Rodrigues claims the No. 3 spot in the preseason rankings. Rodrigues had a record breaking season for the Gamecocks. He became the first player to be ranked No. 1 and only the second player to reach the NCAA singles finals.

Tennessee’s Adam Walton rounds out the top five of the preseason rankings. Walton was a key player for the Vols last season. He led the team at the No. 1 singles spot and finished with a 22-11 record. During the NCAA Team Championship, Walton went 4-0 at No. 1 singles which earned him All-NCAA Tournament honors.

The ITA Division I Men’s Preseason Doubles Rankings and ITA Division I Men’s Newcomers were also released Tuesday.

 

ITA Division I Men’s Rankings

Top 125 Preseason National Singles
Administered by the ITA
September 7, 2021

RankPlayerTeam
1Liam DraxlKentucky
2Sam RifficeFlorida
3Daniel RodriguesUniversity of South Carolina
4Duarte ValeFlorida
5Adam WaltonUniversity of Tennessee
6Johannus MondayUniversity of Tennessee
7Matias SotoBaylor
8Luc FombaTCU
9Adrian BoitanBaylor
10Eliot SpizzirriUniversity of Texas
11Finn ReynoldsOle Miss
12Trent BrydeUniversity of Georgia
13Gabriel DialloUniversity of Kentucky
14Andy AndradeFlorida
15Philip HenningUniversity of Georgia
16Connor ThomsonUniversity of South Carolina
17Micah BraswellUniversity of Texas
18Juan Carlos AguilarTCU
19Tyler SticeAuburn University
20Matej VocelOhio State
21Nikola SlavicOle Miss
22Eduardo NavaWake Forest
23Hamish StewartUniversity of Georgia
24Ronnie HohmannLSU
25Axel NefveUniversity of Notre Dame
26Marcus McDanielGeorgia Tech
27Florian BroskaMississippi State
28August HolmgrenUniversity of San Diego
29Martim PrataUniversity of Tennessee
30Tyler ZinkOklahoma State University
31Andres MartinGeorgia Tech
32Jonas ZivertsUniversity of Arizona
33Blaise BicknellFlorida
34Jeffrey Von Der SchulenburgUniversity of Virginia
35Gustaf StromUniversity of Arizona
36Nemanja MalesevicMississippi State
37Kody PearsonUniversity of Tulsa
38Francisco RochaMiddle Tennessee
39Raphael LamblingUniversity of South Carolina
40Siphosothando MontsiUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
41Ben SigouinNorth Carolina
42George HarwellVanderbilt University
43Sander JongTCU
44Brian CernochNorth Carolina
45Iñaki MontesUniversity of Virginia
46Mason BeilerUniversity of Oklahoma
47Chase FergusonUniversity of South Florida
48Arthur FeryStanford University
49Toby SamuelUniversity of South Carolina
50Patrick KaukovaltaUniversity of Alabama
51Garrett JohnsDuke University
52Fabien SalleArizona State
53Dimitri BadraETSU
54Davide TortoraMississippi State
55Nicolas RoussetArkansas
56James StoryUniversity of South Carolina
57Olle WallinTexas Tech University
58Siem WoldeabUniversity of Texas
59Josh GoodgerFlorida
60Axel GellerStanford University
61Richard CiamarraUniversity of Texas
62Noah SchachterTexas A&M
63Emmanuel CosteUC Irvine
64Cleeve HarperUniversity of Texas
65Cannon KingsleyOhio State
66Joao CeolinUTSA
67Barnaby SmithFlorida State
68Stefan DostanicUniversity of Southern California
69Magnus JohnsonFlorida Gulf Coast University
70Lleyton CronjeUCF
71Joshua LapadatUniversity of Kentucky
72Clement ChidekhUniversity of Washington
73Sven LahBaylor
74James DavisUniversity of Denver
75Tomas JirousekTCU
76David StevensonMemphis
77Ryan GoetzUniversity of Virginia
78Ondrej StylerUniversity of Michigan
79Matthis RossTexas A&M
80Teodor GiuscaClemson University
81Jake FearnleyTCU
82Rafael Izquierdo LuqueNC State
83Jeremie CasabonVanderbilt University
84Pat HarperUniversity of Tennessee
85Loris PourroyFlorida State
86Ben SheltonFlorida
87James TrotterOhio State
88Kento YamadaUCF
89Andrew FentyUniversity of Michigan
90Joshua CharltonOregon
91Pierce RollinsTexas A&M
92Alberto ColasMississippi State
93Bar BotzerUniversity of Virginia
94Steven FormanNorthwestern University
95Emile HuddUniversity of Tennessee
96Jim HendrikxSamford University
97Vito TonejcDePaul University
98Franco CapalboUniversity of Utah
99JJ TracyOhio State
100Alex RotsaertStanford University
101Karl PolingPrinceton
102Alex MartinezUniversity of Oklahoma
103Mattias SiimarFlorida
104Chris EdgeMiddle Tennessee
105Francois MusitelliUniversity of Kentucky
106Henry von der SchulenburgHarvard
107Bradley FryeUniversity of Southern California
108Alan RubioUCF
109Stijn SlumpMiddle Tennessee
110Alex KotzenColumbia
111Lukas GreifFlorida
112Tristan BoyerStanford University
113Kyle FrankelElon
114Patrick MaloneyUniversity of Michigan
115Chris RodeschUniversity of Virginia
116Finn BassBaylor
117Daniel De JongePepperdine
118Drew BairdUCLA
119Lodewijk WeststrateUniversity of Southern California
120Andrew ZhangDuke University
121Ilgiz ValievTexas Tech University
122Blake CroyderUniversity of Georgia
123Marcus FerreiraVanderbilt University
124Yuta KikuchiCalifornia
125Tim ZeitvogelPepperdine
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