TEMPE, Ariz. – As the latest college tennis season officially swings into gear, Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the 2016 Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Men’s Division I Preseason Rankings on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.
In addition, the ITA also unveiled official selections for the 2016 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s
All-American Championships, which will be hosted by the University of Tulsa for the 10th straight year. The tournament kicks off with pre-qualifying matches starting on Oct. 1, while the main draw runs Oct. 6-10.
The first ITA national event of the 2016-17 season takes place this weekend, as the International Tennis Hall of Fame serves as host of the Hall of Fame/ITA Grass Court Invitational. Four Division I men’s teams (Virginia, TCU, Michigan and Princeton) and four Division I women’s teams (California, Georgia Tech, Harvard and Oklahoma State) will take part in the first collegiate event held on the grounds of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. All three days of the Hall of Fame/ITA Grass Court Championships will be broadcast by FloTennis (www.flotennis.com), the first of 15 scheduled ITA events to be broadcast by the direct-to-consumer, subscription-based sports media company, located in Austin, Texas.
Ohio State’s Mikael Torpegaard, who ended the 2015-16 season as the nation’s No. 2-ranked singles player, sits atop the rankings to open the 2016-17 campaign. Torpegaard, the Big Ten Player of the Year and ITA National Player to Watch, did not lose a match in the regular season and concluded the year with a 34-5 record. The junior became just the third player from Ohio State to play in the NCAA Singles Championship, falling to UCLA’s Mackenzie McDonald in the final.
Cameron Norrie of TCU, winner of the 2015 Oracle/ITA Masters, is ranked No. 2, followed by Aleks Vukic of Illinois at No. 3, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski of Virginia at No. 4 and Christopher Eubanks of Georgia Tech at No. 5. Wake Forest is the only team with two players in the Top 10, with Skander Mansouri at No. 7 and Petros Chrysochos at No. 8.
In doubles, Oklahoma State’s Julian Cash and Arjun Kadhe garnered the No. 1 ranking. Cash and Kadhe finished the 2015-16 season No. 7 in the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings.
The Pac-12 features three doubles duos in the Top 10, as Cal’s Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat are No. 2, Oregon’s Jayson Amos/Armando Soemarno are No. 9 and USC’s Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven are No. 10.
Carl Soderlund of Virginia heads up the Freshmen/Newcomer Rankings, while Texas features two players in the Top 5, with Yuya Ito at No. 3 and Leonardo Telles at No. 4.
The preseason rankings will be the only set of rankings released during the fall season, with the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings set to return the first week of January 2017.
About the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings
As the governing body of college tennis, the ITA administers the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings that are designed to track the top men's and women's teams, along with singles and doubles players in NCAA Divisions I, II, III, NAIA, Junior Colleges and California Junior Colleges. For full rankings information, please visit http://www.itatennis.com/ResultsAndRankings/Rankings.htm.