Deacs Wrap Play in Qualifying Draw of ITA All-American Championships
Oct. 5, 2017

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMTennis)

TULSA, Okla. – Alan Gadjiev and Julian Zlobinsky’s bid to qualify for the main draw of the ITA All-American Championships came up just short on Tuesday (Oct. 3), as the duo fell in the final round of doubles qualifying.

In the opening round of competition of the doubles draw, the duo of Gadjiev and Zlobinsky faced the No. 9-16 seeded tandem of Javier Jover Maestre and Adam Moundir of Old Dominion. In the first set against the 46th-ranked duo from Old Dominion, the Demon Deacons jumped out to a 6-3 victory. The match would be pushed to a super breaker, as Gadjeiv and Zlobinsky dropped the second set, 6-4. In the 10-point tiebreaker, Wake Forest prevailed with a 10-7 decision.

Gadjiev and Zlobinky followed with another three-set victory in the second round of qualifying, topping Thomas Laurent and Akihiro Tanaka of Oregon, 4-6, 6-3, 10-5. In the finals, the Dec duo squared off the No. 7 seed in qualifying, Billy Griffith and JT Nishimura of California. The Cal tandem, ranked 39th nationally, advanced to the main draw with a 6-4, 7-5 decision.

In qualifying singles play, Gadjiev fell in the opening round, 6-4, 6-2 to Josh Goodger of Tulsa while Bar Botzer fell 5-7, 6-2, 6-7(7) to Christian Langmo of Miami.

Three Deacs will compete in the main draw of the All-American Championships, which begin play on Thursday. Petros Chrysochos (No. 3 seed), Skander Mansouri (No. 7 seed) and Christian Seraphim will compete in the singles draw while Mansouri and Seraphim earned the overall No. 1 seed in the doubles field.



ITA All-American Championship
Pre-Qualifying Singles Draw
R1 - Yuval Solomon (WF) def. Maik Steiner (WMU), 7-6(3), 6-3
R2 – Luis Erlenbusch (TUL) def. Yuval Solomon (WF), 5-7, 7-5, 6-2
R1 – Joe Davis (Iowa) def. Julian Zlobinsky (WF), 6-4, 6-1

Qualifying Singles Draw
R1 - Josh Goodger (TUL) def. Alan Gadiev (WF), 6-4, 6-2
R1 – Christian Langmo (UM) def. Bar Botzer (WF), 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(7)

Qualifying Doubles Draw
R1 - Gadjiev/Zlobinsky (WF) def. #46 [9-16] Maestre/Moundir (ODU), 6-3, 4-, 10-7
R2 – Gajiev/Zlobinsky (WF) def. Laurent/Tanaka (ORE), 4-6, 6-3, 10-5
F - #39 [7] Griffith/Nishimura (CAL) def. Gadjiev/Zlobinsky (WF), 6-4, 7-5

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