ST. LOUIS, Mo. – University of Chicago men's tennis player Jeremy Yuan capped the four-day Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Regional by placing second in the singles bracket on Monday.
Yuan came into the weekend tournament as the defending singles champion and the No. 7 seed in the 128-player bracket. He won his opening six matches to reach the final, where he took on No. 8-seed Ethan Hillis (Washington University – St. Louis).
In the first set, Yuan trailed 3-1 but saved a set point to tie the match up at 5-5. Hillis took the next two games to go up a set at 7-5. The UChicago sophomore reeled off three-straight games in the second set and served it out at 6-4 to even the match. However, Hillis caught momentum in the deciding third set and won the final four games to close it out at 6-2.
Yuan will next pair up with junior Tyler Raclin to face senior Charlie Pei and first-year Joshua Xu in the ITA doubles final. The match is scheduled for 2:00 PM on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Stagg Tennis Courts.
"On the whole, we had a very successful weekend as a team," Head Coach Jay Tee said. "We were able to win a bunch of matches, gain some great experience, and got a chance to see what some of our new guys could do. It's obviously disappointing for Jeremy to fall just short in the singles final today, but he had another great ITA and still has a chance to play in another final on Wednesday."
- Wednesday, Oct. 3 @ 2:00 PM – ITA Central Region Doubles Championship at UChicago