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No. 3 Seed Edges Lu in Opening Round of NCAA Singles Championships

No. 3 Seed Edges Lu in Opening Round of NCAA Singles Championships

Tournament No. 3 Seed Chrysochos Downs Lu 6-4, 6-3 in Tight Match

ATHENS, GA. – Yale's Tyler Lu played his opening round match of the NCAA Singles Championships on Wednesday, taking on tournament No. 3 seed Petros Chrysochos at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Georgia. Chrysochos came into the match with a national ranking of No. 5 and a stellar 32-7 record as the top singles player for Wake Forest, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation; the highlight of his sophomore season was a masterful 6-2, 6-4 victory over Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard (now ranked No. 2 in the country). So, despite a remarkable season in which he earned Ivy League Player of the Year, the unseeded Lu still entered Wednesday's match as a considerable underdog.

Although Chrysochos appeared to be playing his best tennis, Lu did well to match him throughout the afternoon. In an intense first set, the veteran Bulldog traded service games with his opponent, nearly evening up the score before dropping the set 6-4; a similar scenario unfolded in the second, with Chrysochos ultimately pulling away to secure a 6-4, 6-3 victory.

Although Lu will be disappointed by a first-round exit, the graduating senior can take pride in his all-out performance against such a formidable opponent. Featuring the best 64 players in collegiate tennis, the NCAA Singles Championships always make winning a monumental challenge, and an unfavorable first-round draw can make this task even tougher.

The full draw of the NCAA Singles Championships can be found here.

Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity