Aug. 11, 2014
Bloomington, Ind. – Georgia Tech’s Nathan Rakitt picked up two more straight-set victories Monday and has reached the semi-finals of the ITA/USTA National Summer Championships, taking place on the campus of Indiana University.
Rakitt, one of the tournament’s top eight seeds, beat top-16 seed Thomas Mayronne of South Carolina, 6-2, 7-6, early Monday, then Atlantic Coast Conference foe Anthony Delcore of Wake Forest, 6-4, 6-2. The Marietta, Ga., junior faces top-seeded Sam Monette of Indiana at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in one semi-final match. Harrison O’Keefe of South Carolina, a top-8 seed, and No. 2 seed Zack McCourt of Princeton face off in the other semi-final.
The winners will meet for the championship Tuesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, incoming freshman Christopher Eubanks saw his run in the bottom half of the bracket come to an end, 6-3, 7-6, to O’Keefe in the quarter-finals. Eubanks had defeated the third seed, Sam Shropshire of Northwestern, 6-7, 6-4, 1-0 (11-9) in the round of 16 earlier in the day.
Rakitt and Eubanks bowed out of the doubles draw Monday, falling 8-3 to the Hoosiers’ Monette and Dan Bednarczyk in the quarter-finals. After a first-round bye, the Yellow Jacket duo defeated Conway and Mercer (unattached), 8-4, and Alabama’s Andrew Goodwin and Stuart Kenyon, 8-5.
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