Oct. 15, 2014
THE FLATS – Veterans Eduardo Segura and Nathan Rakitt and freshmen Christopher Eubanks and Michael Kay are in the main draw of singles this weekend when Georgia Tech competes in the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
The Southeast regional gathers 64 of the top collegiate men’s players and 64 of the top doubles teams from Georgia and Florida for the five-day event that concludes with finals in both draws Monday morning. The tournament features participants from the following 15 schools: Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, Mercer, Miami, North Florida, South Florida, Stetson and UCF.
Segura, a senior from Madrid, Spain, is off to a 9-1 start this fall, winning the Division II singles draw at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships and winning three qualifying matches at the ITA All-American Championships in September. Rakitt, a junior from Marietta, is ranked 76th in the nation in singles. Eubanks, from Atlanta, has a 5-1 mark this fall and won the main draw of the Georgia Tech Invitational, while Kay, also from Atlanta, is 5-3.
Qualifying for the singles draw will take place Thursday afternoon. Sophomores Carlos Benito (Madrid, Spain) and Cole Fiegel (Alachua, Fla.) and freshmen Elijah Melendez (Suwanee, Ga.) and Daniel Yun (Marietta, Ga.) are in the qualifying draw.
The first round of doubles also will be played Thursday. Tech has four teams entered, including the nation’s 20th-ranked team of Benito and Segura. Eubanks and Rakitt, with a 4-1 mark this fall, are also paired together as are Fiegel and Kay (2-1) and Melendez and Yun (3-2).
No-ad scoring will be in place for both singles and doubles. In doubles competition, matches prior to the semifinals will consist of an 8-game pro set (tiebreak at 7-all), with the semifinals and finals doubles matches consisting of two out of three sets (to 6) with a match tiebreak in lieu of the third set.
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