The 2021 ITA National Fall Championships concluded on November 7, with champions crowned in singles and doubles. Under perfect fall conditions at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, fans in attendance witnessed all four main draw finals go three sets.
August Holmgren, buoyed by many in attendance cheering him on, became the first University of San Diego player since 1992 to win the men’s singles ITA’s National Fall Championship. Holmgren, the No. 3 seed in the draw, outlasted Stanford’s Arthur Fery 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in a thrilling championship match.
Fery, who was attempting to become the first player since 2007 to win the National Fall Championship singles and doubles title in the same year, returned to the courts later in the day for doubles.
Ohio State’s top-seeded team of Robert Cash and Matej Vojel, winners of the 2021 ITA Men’s All-American Championship, turned back Fery and Alexandre Rotsaert 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (7) in the final to claim their second straight ITA national title.
Eryn Cayetano became the third USC player in Trojan history to win the ITA National Fall Championships women’s singles title. The fifth-seeded Cayetano bested Princeton’s Daria Frayman, the No. 2 seed, 6-0, 5-7, 7-5 to earn the championship.
North Carolina’s Fiona Crawley and Elizabeth Scotty won the women’s doubles title. The Tar Heel duo bested Old Dominion’s Tatsiana Sasnouskaya and Yuliia Stardubtseva 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (9) in the final.
Gabriel Diallo of Kentucky and Alexandra Yepifanova of Stanford won the men’s and women’s singles consolation titles.
Carly Briggs and Marlee Zein of Florida, and Miami’s Franco Aubone and Benjamin Hannestad claimed the women’s and men’s doubles consolation titles.
Excellent coverage. Keep up the good work. Has men’s tennis shifted eastward ?
A couple years ago no PAC 12 team made the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.
This year only 3 PAC teams are ranked in the top 25.
The SEC has 5 of the top 13 and 8 of the top 20. It’ll be interesting to see the final rankings in May.