UChicago men’s tennis blazes through day one of the ITA Regional

Luke Tsai (Photo Credit: Ellen Friedlander)
Luke Tsai (Photo Credit: Ellen Friedlander)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The University of Chicago men's tennis team posted a perfect day of results at day one of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Region Championships on Friday.

Rain proved to be the most disruptive element of the day. A total of 128 singles players and 64 doubles teams were all in action on the first of the four-day tournament. But the precipitation caused delays and pushed afternoon matches late into the night.

Despite the troublesome weather, UChicago thoroughly dominated across the lineup in singles play. The Maroons brought seven singles players to the tournament, and all seven remain alive in the draw. All told, UChicago went 14-0 in singles and now boast seven of the remaining 32 players. The Maroons in play include No. 2-seed junior Nicolas Chua, No. 8-seed junior David Liu, No. 9-seed freshman Ninan Kumar, No. 9-seed freshman Erik Kerrigan, No. 17-seed sophomore Charlie Pei, junior Luke Tsai and junior Peter Leung. Tsai pulled the biggest upset of the day in his opening match, knocking off No. 9-seed Jason Haugen (Washington University-St. Louis) in straight sets. Leung similarly beat a seeded opponent, topping No. 25-seed Stephen Gruppuso (Oberlin College).

The Maroons were also represented in the doubles draw by four tandems – No. 1-seed Chua/Liu, No. 9-seed Kerrigan/Kumar, Leung/Pei and senior Max Hawkins/freshman Tyler Raclin. UChicago picked up all doubles victories in all four matches as well.

NEXT MATCHES:

  • Saturday-Monday, Sept. 24-26 – UChicago at ITA Central Region Championships (Kalamazoo, Mich.)