WICHITA, Kan. – After a successful weekend for the Shockers at ITA Fall Circuit events, Shocker Tennis is set to host the ITA Fall Circuit at Wichita State University from Sept. 26-28.
In Kearney, Neb., Natsumi Kurahashi defeated fellow Shocker and Nebraska native Bianca Rademacher, 6-3, 6-4, to nab the $500 prize. Ting-ya Hsu advanced to the semifinals, but was downed by Rademacher, 6-1, 6-4.
At the Stillwater, Okla., ITA Fall Circuit event, Stefan Latinovic advanced to the finals but lost to Oklahoma State’s Etienne Donnet, 6-4, 6-4. Marius Frosa made a run to the semifinals before losing to Latinovic, 6-3, 6-3, and Murkel Dellien forced eventual champion Donnet to three sets, 1-6, 6-3, 10-3, in the quarterfinals.
“First of all I want to thank the ITA for putting together this circuit, and for the University of Nebraska-Kearney for hosting this weekend. While we can’t officially compete this fall, it’s great the ladies will have these opportunities to compete unattached and implement, in pressure situations, the things we’re working on in practice,” Coach Colin Foster said. “Natsumi has a lot of ability and a strong background and work ethic. Her confidence has been shaky at times, so I hope this result shows her what the rest of us know – she can play! Bianca and Tina have also been putting in great work in practice; Bianca just arrived and is showing she is capable to compete with anyone on the team. We’re excited to host the ITA/UTR Fall circuit this coming weekend and appreciate the opportunity to do so and give our team a chance to compete at home.”
The new tour kicks off with a 10-week circuit this fall, giving players the opportunity to participate in competition and have their scores count towards the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR). When match scores count for UTR, players can continue to play locally and have their matches count for a global rating, allowing them to track their progress and showcase their game.
The Circuit will follow strict health, safety, and social distancing guidelines, and is a continuation of the joint effort by the ITA and Universal Tennis to provide opportunities for high-level competition for junior, collegiate, and professional players. As many tennis seasons have been reduced or canceled, the Tour will give college coaches the opportunity to provide local matchplay for their players and increase engagement with their broader regional tennis community.
A total of three ITA Fall Circuit events will be hosted by the Shockers. The second event will occur from Oct. 24-26 and be presented by Great Harvest Bread Company and the third one will take place from Nov. 7-9 and be sponsored by Dr. Matthew Conrad.