Yale Freshman Wins Four Straight Matches to Qualify for Qualifying Draw of ITA All-American Championships
TULSA, OK – Yale freshman Dylan King was dominant for a second straight day on Sunday, winning two more singles matches in the prequalifying draw of the prestigious ITA All-American Championships. His 4-0 record over the past two days has earned him a spot in tomorrow's qualifying draw, where he will be joined by senior Tyler Lu.
After earning an upset victory over No. 17 seed Anu Kodali on Saturday, King headed into Sunday's matches with considerable confidence. Facing Wichita State's Vitor Mendes in the day's first match, King flashed his ability to play in the clutch with a narrow 6-4, 7-6(3) victory. This result allowed the Bulldog to advance into the final round of prequalifying, where he came up against a formidable opponent in LSU's Nikola Samardzic, an impressive blue chip recruit who ranked as the seventh best recruit in the country this past summer, according to tennisrecruiting.net. Despite the quality of his opposition, King cruised to victory, with the final score line of 6-1, 6-3 highlighting just how well he has played over the past few days.
After an impressive weekend in Tulsa, King has now begun the season with a phenomenal 10-1 singles record; his success has been matched only by the success of his fellow freshmen, Ryan Cheng and Andrew Heller. With this year's recruiting class performing exceptionally thus far, the future certainly looks bright.
Tomorrow's full qualifying draw can be found on the tournament's official website, which is linked below. Lu is slated to face Wake Forest's Max Kan (9:00 a.m., Union High School), while King will play Purdue's Benjamin Ugarte (8:00 a.m., Case Tennis Center).
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity