DURHAM, N.C. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its final national singles and doubles rankings of the season Wednesday, June 4, with several Blue Devils earning a spot in the polls.
Junior Jason Tahir, who garnered the first All-ACC accolades of his career this spring, led the way for Duke with a final national singles ranking of No. 41. After starting off the season ranked 111th nationally, the Rochester, N.Y., native moved up in the Blue Devils’ singles lineup to the top position, consequently earning a career-best ranking of No. 30 in late April. Tahir compiled a 24-10 ledger during the year, registering nine wins over ranked opponents, and advanced to the second round of the 2014 NCAA Singles Championship.
Senior Fred Saba, also a first team All-ACC selection this season, concluded his senior campaign ranked 49th in the country. He posted a 21-10 mark in singles over the course of the year while going 12-5 at the No. 2 spot in Duke’s lineup. Saba joined Tahir in reaching the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship last month in Athens, Ga., and earlier in the spring became the 12th player in program history to reach the 100-win milestone for his career.
Sophomore Bruno Semenzato also appeared in the final ITA singles rankings after enjoying a breakout season in 2013-14. A product of Sao Paulo, Brazil, he concluded the season ranked 94th in the country with a singles record of 32-9. Playing primarily from the No. 4 position, Semenzato went 9-2 against ACC competition to earn third team all-conference recognition.
In doubles, Saba and junior Raphael Hemmeler were tabbed No. 50 to close the spring after teaming up for a 14-7 mark as a tandem. The Blue Devil duo played to an 8-6 record after moving up to the No. 1 position and collected four victories over ranked opponents. Saba and Hemmeler clinched the doubles point in an ACC quarterfinal victory over Virginia Tech Apr. 25, defeating the 44th-ranked duo of Andreas Bjerrehus and Amerigo Contini.
The final team and individual rankings for the Carolina Region were also released Wednesday with Duke coming in second out of 10 teams. Tahir was ranked sixth, Saba ninth and Semenzato 14th in singles while Saba and Hemmeler were tabbed the fifth-ranked doubles team in the region to close the year.
The Blue Devils, listed 14th in the final ITA Div. I team rankings, have had at least one ranked player in the final national singles and doubles rankings each of the past 14 seasons.