PHILADELPHIA – Sophomore Kyle Mautner of the University of Pennsylvania’s men’s tennis team is in Tulsa, Okla. this week to compete in the ITA All-American Championships. Mautner, who is currently ranked No. 120 in the nation, will take on second-seeded Thai-Son Kwiatkowski of Virginia in the opening round at 11:30 a.m. EST on Thursday.
Mautner earned the right to play in the main draw thanks an outstanding rookie season in the Red and Blue. The Connecticut native was a first-team All-Ivy selection a year ago after going 11-11 at Penn’s top singles’ slot. Playing against some of the best players in the nation, Mautner recorded wins over three players slotted in the ITA singles rankings (No. 74 David Biosca, No. 83 Leonard Stakhovsky, No. 88 Dovydas Sakinis), as well as triumphs over seven ranked teams.
If Mautner is able to advance past the opening round, he will play the winner of Julius Tverijonas (George Washington) and Martin Redlicki (UCLA).
The ITA All-American Championships is the largest collegiate tennis event in the nation, featuring some of the top players from across the country. Pre-qualifying for singles began last Saturday (Oct. 1), while singles and doubles qualifying followed on Monday.
Notable past winners of the ITA Men's All-American Singles Championship include John Isner (Georgia, 2005), James Blake (Harvard, 1998), Bob Bryan (Stanford, 1997) and MaliVai Washington (Michigan, 1988).
UPDATE: Mautner fell in the first round of the main draw, 6-2, 6-4. He then retired in the second set of a consolation match against Richmond's Jacob Dunbar.