NEWPORT, R.I. – After two days of competition at the 2017 Hall of Fame ITA Grass Court Invitational, one thing is for sure: there will be at least one Horned Frog in the main draw of the 2018 Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open.
That main draw wild card spot into the ATP 250-level event, which like the Hall of Fame ITA Grass Court Invitational is held on the grounds of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, will be awarded to the winner of Sunday’s Andy Roddick flight final between TCU teammates – and doubles partners for the week – Alex Rybakov
and Alastair Gray
, with the runner-up receiving a spot in the qualifying draw of the professional tournament.
Rybakov, the top seed in the 8-player draw, defeated No. 4 seed Jackie Tang
of Columbia 6-4, 7-5, while Gray outlasted Georgia’s Jan Zielinski
in three sets 6-7 (4), 6-1, 1-0 (3). Rybakov and Gray took down Georgia’s top-seeded duo of Zielinski and Robert Loeb
in the Woodbridge/Woodforde flight final on Saturday.
In the women’s Kim Clijsters draw, which will award a main draw entry into a $25,000-level USTA Pro Circuit event to the winner, and a place in the qualifying draw of an equal-level USTA Pro Circuit event to the finalist, No. 3 seed Jessie Aney
of North Carolina will square off against No. 4 seed Anna Danilina
Aney defeated another Florida Gator on Saturday, besting No. 2 seed Josie Kuhlman
in a tight three-set affair 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (8). Danilina booked her place in the final with a 6-1, 6-2 decision over Katrine Steffensen
In the Gardnar Mulloy flight, No. 2 seed Caleb Chakravarthi
of Illinois will take on No. 4 seed Alex Phillips
of Georgia in the final. The Althea Gibson final pits No. 1 seed Maria Kononova
of North Texas versus No. 3 seed Eden Richardson
The Illinois duo of Vuk Budic
and Chakravarthi won the Seixas/Trabert flight, topping Georgia’s Andy Martinez
and Phillips 8-3 in the final. North Carolina’s Sara Daavettila
and Alle Sanford
won the Fernandez/Zvereva flight with an 8-7 victory over LSU’s Kennan Johnson
The 2017 Hall of Fame ITA Grass Court Invitational featured nine teams (Columbia, Illinois, Georgia and TCU men; Florida, LSU, North Carolina, North Texas and Princeton women) that competed in a flighted singles and doubles round-robin format. Visit the official event page
to view results and daily recaps from the event.