Stephen Madonia Advances to the Round of 64
TULSA, Okla. – A pair of University of Miami men’s tennis student-athletes opened up play Saturday at the 2018 Saint Francis Health System/ITA Men’s All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla.
Junior Stephen Madonia earned a quick advancement to the singles pre-qualifying Round of 128, due to walkover, where he faced Winthrop’s Gabriel Dias.
In a hard-fought three round match, Madonia claimed the opening set, 7-5, before falling in the second set, 3-6. The junior took care of business in the third set to claim the victory, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.
Madonia will return to the Case Tennis Center at noon ET, where he will square off against California’s Paul Barretto in the Round of 64.
In the Round of 256, redshirt junior Dane Dunlap dropped the opening set against Virginia’s William Woodall, 3-6. After regrouping, Dunlap claimed the match, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0, to advance and face Tennessee’s Luca Wiedemmann.
Against Wiedenmann, the redshirt junior fell, 2-6, 2-6.
The University of Tulsa is hosting the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championship for the 13th straight season, with matches taking place on the courts of the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. Pre-qualifying singles and doubles will wrap up on Sept. 30, with Qualifying singles and doubles being held Oct. 1-2 and main draw matches transpiring between Oct. 4-8.
In addition to vying for the All-American national title, players will be competing to secure a berth into the 2017 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships, which takes place November 1-5, in Palm Desert, Calif. Singles quarterfinalists and consolation singles champion finalists, along with doubles semifinalists and consolation doubles finalists earn a trip to the Golden State.
A player from the ACC has won the Saint Francis ITA Men’s All-American Singles Championship in each of the past eight years. William Blumberg of North Carolina won the 2017 event.
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Round of 64
12 p.m. ET – Stephen Madonia vs. Paul Barretto (CA)
Round of 256
Stephen Madonia (UM) def. Edward Pudney (MN), W/O
Dane Dunlap (UM) def. William Woodall (VA), 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
Round of 128
Stephen Madonia (UM) def. Gabriel Dias (WIN), 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
Luca Wiedenmann (TN) def. Dane Dunlap (UM), 6-2, 6-2