King and Lu Beat Seeded Players to Advance to Second Day of ITA All-American Championships Qualifying Draw
TULSA, OK – Two members of the Yale men's tennis team, Dylan King and Tyler Lu, competed in the qualifying draw of the ITA All-American Championships on Monday. Despite facing significant odds – both came into their first round matches against seeded players – the two Bulldogs played some of their best tennis to win and advance to the draw's second day.
The freshman King, who won four consecutive prequalifying matches over the weekend, continued to impress on Monday against Purdue's Benjamin Ugarte, the draw's No. 14 seed. Although the match was close at times, King was able to pull away at important moments to register a 7-5, 6-3 win over the Purdue star. Considering Ugarte is currently ranked No. 71 nationally in singles by the ITA, this result will not only go down as King's best win of the season so far, but will also go down as one of the best wins by a freshman player in recent memory. King's next match will be on Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. against Richmond's Jacob Dunbar.
Senior captain Tyler Lu also submitted one of his best performances of the young season on Monday, cruising to a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Wake Forest's Max Kan. Kan, who is ranked six spots above Lu in the ITA national D1 singles rankings, failed to keep up with Lu in every aspect of the game; the Bulldog's performance on Monday was truly dominant, suggesting that even his current ranking of No. 94 in the country may be deceivingly low. Lu's next match will be on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. against USC's Brandon Holt.
King and Lu's success at the highest level of collegiate tennis speaks to the quality of the Yale squad as a whole. Both Elis will look to carry Monday's positive momentum into tomorrow's matches at Tulsa's Case Tennis Center. The full qualifying draw of the ITA All-American Championships can be found here.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity