Van Gils, Zelenkov Fall at ITA/D'Novo All-American Men's Tennis Championships
Senior, Freshman Fall in Second Round of Pre-Qualifying Singles
Sept. 30, 2012
TULSA, Okla. - George Washington men's tennis senior Alexander van Gils and freshman Danil Zelenkov both fell to their respective opponents in the second round of the ITA/D'Novo All-American Men's Tennis Championships hosted by the University of Tulsa at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
The tournament, which features the largest field of any collegiate tennis championship with more than 300 competitors, is comprised of three rounds of competition - pre-qualifying, qualifying and main draw.
“Alex and Danil faced some really tough opponents and I am happy how closely they competed with them,” seventh-year head coach Greg Munoz said. “We might not win every match we play, but we have proven that we deserve to be competing with nationally ranked programs.”
In his first round of competition, van Gils defeated Bradley’s Juan Diego-Cuadrao in straight sets by scores of 6-1, 6-3. The Tutzing,
Zelenkov, who received a bye in the first round of action, fell to Kris Yee from Vanderbilt in round two in a close three-set battle by scores of 5-7, 7-6, 7-5. Due to severe rain the second round, matches were moved indoors. Zelenkov won the first set over Yee, 7-5, outside before the weather postponed the match and forced it to inside courts.
Sophomore Francisco Dias - who is ranked No. 89 by the ITA - and junior Nikita Fomin - who defeated two nationally ranked opponents at the UVA Ranked +1 Invitational last weekend - both automatically advance to the qualifying round to be played Oct. 1-3.
The duo of Fomin and Zelenkov and the tandem of Dias and van Gils will team up in doubles qualifying, which runs from Oct. 1-3. Main-draw play for both singles and doubles action is set to begin on Thursday, Oct. 4.