July 11, 2014
Tallahassee, Fla. – Georgia Tech men’s tennis player Cole Fiegel captured the singles title at last weekend’s ITA Summer Circuit event in Tallahassee, Fla.
The rising sophomore from Alachua, Fla., won the championship after defeating Florida State’s Grayson Goldin, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6) in the finals.
Fiegel, who was seeded sixth, never lost a set until the finals. After an opening-round bye, Fiegel downed FSU’s Dylan McCormick, 6-1, 6-0 in the round of 32. He then got by Brett Landau of UNC Asheville, 7-5, 6-4, before dispatching top-seeded Terrance Whitehurst of Florida State, 7-5, 7-6 in the quarterfinals. He reached the finals after defeating Florida’s Josh Wardell, whom Fiegel beat, 6-1, in the opening set before Wardell retired.
Fiegel was Tech’s top winner in singles last year, posting a 20-14 overall singles record and a 12-6 mark in dual matches. He was 6-5 in Atlantic Coast Conference matches.
The circuit provides college (and junior and alumni) players the opportunity to compete in organized events virtually year round. Although the primary focus of the circuit is to provide incoming freshmen and collegiate players the chance to compete in the summer months, for NCAA compliance purposes, the events within the ITA Summer Circuit are categorized as “open”; therefore anyone is eligible to compete in these events as long as he/she is a current ITA member.
The ITA Summer Circuit is currently made up of nine regional circuits (Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Central, Mountain, Texas, Northern California and Southern California) consisting of four consecutive open tournaments played during the month of July, leading up to the ITA/USTA National Summer Championships in Bloomington, Indiana in August.