Four Deacs Selected for NCAA Individual Championships
May 3, 2017

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMTennis)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Three members of the Wake Forest men’s tennis team will compete in the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Singles Championship while one Demon Deacon doubles team earned a bid into the Men’s Doubles Championship, as the NCAA announced the tournament fields Wednesday evening.

Petros Chrysochos, Skander Mansouri and Borna Gojo all earned bids into the singles draw while the tandem of Mansouri and Christian Seraphim enter the doubles field. The singles and doubles championships will be held May 24-29 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, after the conclusion of the team championship.

Chrysochos earned the ACC’s automatic bid and is the No. 5 seed in the singles draw. The native of Larnaca, Cyprus qualifies for his second consecutive singles championship after earning an at-large bid into last year’s tournament. A season ago, Chrysochos won three-straight matches, including upsets over the No. 12 and 16-ranked players in the country, to become the second Deac ever to reach the quarterfinal round. Earlier this year, Chrysochos became the first player in program history to win the ITA All-American Championship.

Mansouri earned an at-large bid into the field and will be making his second-straight appearance in the singles draw, seeded as a 9-16 in both seasons. Last year, the native of Tunis, Tunisia, advanced to the round of 16, marking the first time in program history that two players advanced to at least the round of 16 in the NCAA Singles Championship. One match away from reaching the quarterfinals with Chrysochos, Mansouri ultimately fell to eventual champion Mackenzie McDonald, the No. 6 seed from UCLA. Mansouri is 29-8 on the year, including 14 wins over ranked foes.

 

 

As a freshman, Gojo is making his first-ever appearance into the NCAA Singles Championship. After joining the program in January, the Split, Croatia, native shot up the Demon Deacon lineup, moving from No. 4 singles up to the eventual No. 2 slot in which he competed in at the conference tournament. Gojo had a 13-match winning streak during the season and compiled six wins over ranked opponents. His 11-1 mark in ACC play was the best record by a Deac this season and is 21-4 on the season.

The tandem of Mansouri and Seraphim are making their third consecutive appearance in the doubles tournament, having advanced to the quarterfinals a year ago and the round of 16 back in 2015. This year, the duo earned the ACC’s automatic bid and enter the field as the No. 4 seed. Last year’s quarterfinal appearance gave Mansouri and Seraphim All-American status, allowing Mansouri to become the third Demon Deacon in program history to garner All-American honors in both singles and doubles. In the fall, the duo claimed the program’s second-ever USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship title. On the year, the pairing is 33-7 with 12 wins over ranked opponents.

As a team, Wake Forest earned the program’s first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA Team Championship, and will open tournament play on Friday, May 12, against UNCW in Winston-Salem.

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