URBANA, Ill. – The draws for the 2013 NCAA Individual Championships were released Tuesday with the first round of singles set to begin Wednesday, May 22 and the first round of doubles Thursday, May 24, at the Kahn Outdoor Tennis Center and hosted by the University of Illinois.
Five representatives of the Duke men’s tennis team were selected into the singles and doubles field. In singles, senior Henrique Cunha, junior Fred Saba and freshman Michael Redlicki earned at-large bids into the 64-player field. The dynamic duo of Cunha and sophomore Raphael Hemmeler as well as Redlicki and sophomore Jason Tahir will begin play Thursday in the 32-team doubles competition.
Cunha, the 2013 Arthur Ashe and Sportsmanship Award recipient, earned the No. 8 overall seed in singles and will open play Wednesday at 4 p.m., ET., against Denver’s Ejen Bonin. The 2013 ACC Player of the Year, Cunha has participated in the event in each of his four seasons and advanced as far as the semifinals as a freshman in 2010
Saba, a 2013 All-ACC selection, will begin play in his first NCAA Individual Championships against No. 7 seed Peter Kobelt of Ohio State at 3:30 p.m., ET. A product of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Saba earned two wins against top 15 opponents this season, including knocking off then-No.1 Alex Domijan of Virginia, 7-5, 7-5.
A product of Hawthorn Woods, Ill., Redlicki will face Kentucky’s Tom Jomby in the first round Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., ET. In the fall, Redlicki edged Jomby in the round of 16 at the USTA Clay Court Invitational at Disney, 7-6 (8), 6-7 (5), 6-2. In his first season at Duke, Redlicki earned a 30-10 overall ledger, including five wins over ranked opponents.
The dynamic duo of Cunha and Hemmeler earned the No. 2 overall seed in the doubles field. They will open play Thursday against Ohio State’s Peter Kobelt and Connor Smith. After earning a 36-4 overall record this season, Cunha and Hemmeler sit third on most all-time wins in program history.
Redlicki and Tahir will open play Thursday against top-seed Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese of Kentucky. Ranked as the No. 19 duo in the country, Redlicki and Tahir own an overall 24-9 record this season.
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