GW Men's Tennis Advances at Georgetown Classic
Colonials Also Advance in Back Draw of UVA Invitational
Sept. 21, 2013
WASHINGTON & CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Competing at two separate events in its opening weekend, members of the GW men’s tennis team wrapped Day 1 of the Georgetown Classic and the UVA Ranked+1 Invitational on Friday. The Georgetown Classic is held at the Hoyas’ McDonough Outdoor Tennis Complex as well as the GW Tennis Center on the Mount Vernon Campus, while the UVA Invitational is housed at the Cavaliers’ Snyder Tennis Center.
The Colonials’ play at the Georgetown Classic was paced by freshman Daniel O’Connor, who advanced in singles play while he and partner senior Ulrik Thomsen reached the semifinal round of the doubles draw.
Appearing in his first collegiate match, O’Connor earned an easy 6-1, 6-2 win over Norfolk State’s Igor Braga for GW’s lone singles win of the day. Senior Sinan Ipeker fell to the Spartans’ Dmitry Zyhmantovich, 0-6, 2-6, then lost to Jack Murphy of Georgetown, 0-6, 1-6, in the back draw. Classmate Thomsen defeated Sam Weissler of Johns Hopkins, 6-3, 6-2.
The doubles team of O’Connor and Thomsen reached the semifinal match following an 8-3 win over Joey Manilla and Chiraag Shetty of Christopher Newport, followed by an 8-4 decision over Georgetown’s Shane Korber and Yannik Mahlangu.
At the UVA Ranked+1 Invitational, junior Francisco Dias, who entered the fall season with a No. 94 national ranking by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, advanced in the White Singles draw with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 decision over Joe Salisbury of Memphis. After falling behind, 1-6, 1-3, in his second match to No. 117 Justin Shane of host Virginia, Dias was forced to retire.
In Blue Singles, senior Nikita Fomin, who owns a No. 70 singles ranking, fell to Brett Clark or North Carolina, 3-6, 6-7, but bounced back to advance in the back draw with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Virginia Tech’s Joao Monteiro. In the Orange Singles flight, senior Viktor Svensson fell in a three-set battle to Virginia’s Luca Corinteli by scores of 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, and advanced in the back draw after defeating Michael Zhu of Michigan, 7-5, 7-6. Also competing in Orange Singles, sophomore Danil Zelenkov dropped consecutive matches to No. 112 Sidharta Hazarika of Binghamton, 6-4, 4-6, 5-7, and to VCU’s Jean Baptiste Mateo, 4-6, 5-7.
In the Black Doubles draw, Fomin and Zelenkov were edged by Adam Lee and Pedro Dumont of Wake Forest, 8-6, and the Red Doubles duo of Dias and Svensson fell to Virginia’s Jonny Cornish and Ryan Shane, 8-3. Both tandems will compete in their respective back draws.
Action at the Georgetown Classic and the UVA Ranked+1 Invitational resumes on Saturday.