TULSA, Okla. – Four members of the Bradley men’s tennis team will participate in pre-qualifying when the 2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships begin Saturday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
Bradley sophomore Ahmed Albitar, juniors Justin Abrams and Hamish Weerasinghe and senior Juan Diego Cuadrado will be among more than 300 student-athletes from across the country competing in the nine-day national championship tournament. The four Braves all are part of the pre-qualifying field, which will be competing for 16 available spots in the 64-man main draw, which will begin Thursday.
Both Cuadrado and Weerasinghe will be in action when pre-qualifying begins at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, while Abrams and Albitar both received first-round byes. Cuadrado will face George Washington’s Alex vanGils in his first-round match and Weerasinghe opens play against Justin Carter of Maryland-Baltimore County.
Albitar will begin play at 12:30 p.m. Saturday against the winner of a first-round match between Ohio State’s Chris Diaz and Florida State’s Joao Gauer. Abrams will be the last Brave to hit the courts, when he faces the winner of the first-round match between Johnny Rigby of Southern Illinois and John Warden of Oklahoma at 3 p.m. at Cascia Hall.
The quartet of Braves competing in the ITA Men’s All-American Tennis Championships have combined for a 24-6 singles record so far this fall, records accumulated during a pair of round-robin home tournaments earlier this month.
Following the ITA All-American Championships, the Braves will wrap up the fall season Oct. 18-21 by participating in the USTA/ITA Central Region Championships in Minneapolis.