DURHAM, N.C. – Seven members of the Duke men’s tennis team are set to begin play at the 2013 ITA Carolina Regional Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C. The event, which continues through Monday, Oct. 21, will get underway Thursday morning with two rounds of singles play.
The tournament, which is being co-hosted by the Blue Devils and NC State, will feature players from the states of North Carolina and South Carolina. The doubles and singles regional champions will advance to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 7-10 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
Duke’s roster for the event is highlighted by four seeded players in singles and two seeded doubles teams, including the top-seeded pair of sophomore Michael Redlicki and junior Jason Tahir. The tandem, ranked 11th in the ITA’s preseason poll, will receive a bye in the first round and will face the winner of the match between Winthrop’s Chase Altieri and Michael Chen and Appalachian State’s Zack Bost and Sebastian King in Friday’s second round.
Freshman TJ Pura and sophomore Bruno Semenzato will team up as the draw’s 15th seed, taking on Stephan Charles-Donatien and Tamina Kienka of NC Central in the first round of play. Pura and Semenzato own a 3-0 record on the fall after capturing a doubles title at the season-opening Duke Fab Four Invitational.
The Blue Devil tandem of redshirt junior Cale Hammond and sophomore Daniel McCall will make its debut this week, as they prepare to meet South Carolina’s Andrew Schafer and Sam Swank in the first round.
In singles, 22nd-ranked Redlicki received the draw’s No. 3 seed and will battle Jackson Keith of Wofford in the first round of action Thursday morning. Twelfth-seeded and 111th-ranked Tahir will face UNC Charlotte’s Jordi Massalle Ferrer while 13th-seeded Semenzato will go up against Haris Poric of Wofford.
Sixteenth-seeded Josh Levine heads to Cary with an 8-2 ledger this fall, and will take on UNC Charlotte's Paul Cisti in the first round. Hammond, who captured a singles title last weekend at the Wake Forest Fall Invitational, will meet Ryan Newman of NC State, while Pura is slated to face the College of Charleston’s Rodrigo Encinas and McCall drew a first-round matchup with Forrest Edwards of UNC Charlotte.
Thursday’s action in Cary includes the first and second rounds of singles play. Doubles matches begin Friday, Oct. 18, with the first round scheduled to get underway at 9 a.m.
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2013 ITA Carolina Regional Schedule (Cary, N.C.):
Thursday, Oct. 17: 8:30 a.m. start
Singles first and second rounds
Friday, Oct. 18: 9 a.m. start
Doubles first and second rounds
Singles round of 32
Saturday, Oct. 19: 9 a.m. start
Doubles round of 16
Singles round of 16
Sunday, Oct. 20: 10 a.m. start
Monday, Oct. 21: 10 a.m. start