PHILADELPHIA – It will be an exciting weekend in Penn Park, as the University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team will host the ITA Northeast Regional at the Hecht Indoor Tennis Center. The highly regarded event, which will run from Thursday, Oct. 20th through Tuesday, Oct. 25th, hasn't been played at Penn since 2006.
The first two days of action will feature singles and doubles qualifying, which will feed into a 128-player singles draw and a 64-team doubles bracket. Semifinals of the main doubles and singles’ draws will take place on Monday (Oct. 24), while both championship matches will be played on Tuesday (Oct. 25). The three tournament winners will earn automatic berths into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in New York City in November.
There will be 35 teams represented from the ITA’s Northeast Region, including the top players from all eight Ivy League institutions. Columbia’s Shawn Hadavi comes in as the top seed in the singles draw, while Princeton’s duo of Luke Gamble and Alex Day is seeded No. 1 in doubles.
In addition to Hadavi, the Lions lead the field with six players seeded in the singles draw and three teams seeded in doubles. The main singles draw features five players currently ranked in the ITA’s national rankings.
Kyle Mautner, who is ranked No. 120 in the ITA Rankings, leads a Penn team that has six players sitting in the main singles bracket and a pair of doubles’ teams. The sophomore is ranked No. 3 in the bracket, while Josh Pompan and Matt Nardella also landed seeds. All three players will receive first-round byes. Pompan holds a 7-1 record this fall with a flight win at the Ivy Plus, while Mautner is 5-4—which includes a berth into the ITA All-American Championships earlier this month.
Nicholai Westergaard, Kaden Funk and Max Cancilla also earned berths into the main singles, and will see their first action on Friday. Thomas Spratt and Robert Smithline will each battle in qualifying, beginning on Thursday morning.
In doubles action, the pairs of Nardella/Mautner and Westergaard/Funk each found their way into the main bracket. Nardella and Mautner will face the Boston College team of Workman and Mukai in the first round, while Westergaard and Funk will take on a team that survives qualifying.
Speaking of qualifying, Pompan and Spratt are pitted against
the NJIT duo of Petrovic and Cimrman, with the winner to enter the main
The Quakers will wrap up their fall season with a trip to the Minnesota Invitational on Nov. 4-6.