MEN’S TENNIS CENTRAL: NCAA singles and doubles championships
After a tough ending to the 2021 NCAA Team Championships on Friday, a trio of Vols and UT’s top doubles pair will get set to compete in the NCAA Singles and Doubles competitions.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - After a tough ending to the 2021 NCAA Team Championships on Friday, a trio of Vols and UT’s top doubles pair will get set to compete in the NCAA Singles and Doubles competitions. The 64-man singles tournament is slated to get going on Sunday morning, while the 32-pair doubles competition will begin on Monday morning from the USTA National Campus.
Senior Adam Walton, junior Martim Prata and Freshman Johannus Monday will represent UT in singles play, while the Aussie pair of Walton and junior Pat Harper will don the Orange & White in doubles action.
Live stats for singles and doubles will be provided through the USTA and can be found HERE. There are also still a number of tickets available for the duration of the men’s and women’s singles and doubles championships which can be purchased HERE.
Fans can also catch every singles and doubles match live through the Tennis One app which can be downloaded HERE.
Entering the singles competition, the Vols will feature a pair of national seeds. Monday arrives at Sunday’s first round as the No. 7 overall seed and will take on Texas’ Elliot Spizzirri at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Walton is the Vols second national seed, coming into the tournament as the 10th-ranked player in the country in the latest ITA rankings. The Vols No. 1 singles player will take on Denver’s James Davis in Sunday’s opening round. His match is slated for 6 p.m. ET.
The Vols final singles representative is Prata who earned himself an at-large bid to the tournament, following a solid season playing primarily at the No. 3 position for the Orange & White. The Lisbon, Portugal native will square off with Julien Evrard of South Alabama on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET.
In the doubles bracket, the Vols are reped by their No. 1 doubles pair of Walton and Harper who enter the tournament as the No. 3 overall seed.
The tandem from the land down under will take on Duke’s duo of Sean Scully and Garrett Johns, a team that defeated them back in February when the Blue Devils visited Knoxville.
All singles and doubles matches will be best two-out-of-three sets with six point tiebreaks used when a set is even at 6-6. In doubles play a 10-point super tiebreak will be used in lieu of a third set.
TENNESSEE AT THE INDIVIDUAL SINGLES AND DOUBLES TOURNAMENTS
Current head coach Chris Woodruff still stands as the lone Vol to capture the individual singles crown (1993), while a pair of doubles teams have walked away with the doubles national title. Rodney Harmon and Mel Purcell were the first to do it in 1980 before Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese did so in 2014.
Overall, the Vols have accrued three individual champions, five total finalists, and four total semifinalists since 1966.
WALTS ROLLING INTO INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENTS
Adam Walton currently holds an impressive, 8-0 overall record during the NCAA Championships, claiming four wins in both doubles and singles during the Vols team run to the NCAA Semifinals.
The Home Hill, Australia native is a top-16 seed in the singles draw and has a potential matchup with the top-ranked player in the country, Liam Draxl from Kentucky in the Round of 16.
The conclusion of the 2021 NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships will officially end the Vols vastly impressive 2020-21 campaign.
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