INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – JJ Wolf’s run at the ITA Fall National Championship came to end on Friday as he fell in a hard-fought three-set match to Wake Forest’s Petros Chrysochos 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.
The run ends a solid fall for Wolf as he won his first Futures event two weeks ago in Harlingen, Texas.
Both players opened the match on Friday with a break early and Chrysochos got another break on a huge no-ad point at 4-4. He then held to take the opening set 6-4.
Wolf fell behind after his first service game of the second set but rebounded to win four-straight games and take a 5-3 lead. After a Chrysochos hold, Wolf put a stamp on the second set with a hold of his own on love and won 6-4.
Whatever momentum Wolf built at the end of the second was erased by Chrysochos at the start of the third as he won another no-ad point to break Wolf in the opening game. He held the advantage until Wolf broke to get back on serve at 4-4. That started a trend as neither player was able to hold serve in any of the next three service games until Chrysochos closed-out the match with a hold for a 7-5 win.
Nov. 2, 2017
Ohio State sophomore JJ Wolf continued his winning ways on Thursday as he took out UCLA’s Logan Staggs 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the round of 16 at the ITA Fall National Championship at Indian Wells.
Wolf and Staggs traded early breaks in the first. Wolf grabbed another break and held to go up 5-3 and then broke a third time, this time on love, to win the set 6-3.
He then rolled that into a resounding 6-1 win in the second and he is on to the third round where he will face former collegiate No. 1 Petros Chrysochos of Wake Forest on Friday morning.
John McNally and Kyle Seelig were also playing in the second round on Thursday but both would fall in straight sets. McNally and UCLA’s Martin Redlicki played a great match with neither player giving an inch on their serve. The first set was played entirely on serve and went to a breaker. In the decider, the Bruin broke a 3-3 tie with a couple of points and would go on to win 7-4.
He then broke McNally on his opening service game of the second set and that would prove to be the only break of the match. Redlicki would make that stand and he won the match and the second set 6-4.
Seelig took on a Kevin Konfederak of Georgia Gwinnett who was on some kind of roll. The winner of the NAIA ITA Oracle Cup took the opening set from Seelig 6-3. The Buckeye responded by taking a 3-1 edge in the second but Konfederak won the next three games to retake a 4-3 lead. Seelig broke back to even the set at 4-4 but Konfederak would close-out the match by winning back-to-back games for a 6-4 victory.
The three Buckeyes move into the round of 32 at the fall’s premiere event and will play on Thursday morning.
Wolf started on serve vs. Clemson’s Alex Favrot but was broken at 3-3. He got back on serve at 5-5 and would also win the next two games to take the first set 7-5.
After holding as well through 3-3 in the second, Wolf won three-straight games to take the match and set 6-3. He will play Logan Staggs of UCLA.
Seelig took on Georgia’s No. 13-seed Walker Duncan. The first set was placed closely and on serve before Seelig lost a no ad point at 5-5 and was broken but he got his break right back to force a tiebreaker. He then steamrolled Duncan in the breaker, winning 7-0.
That win set the tone for the second set as they traded breaks in the first four games and then Seelig won four-straight and unseeded Duncan 7-6, 6-2. He will play Kevin Konfederak of Georgia Gwinnett who was the ITA Oracle Cup NAIA champion.
McNally and Old Dominion’s Adam Moundir had a back and forth first set. The Buckeye has the last punch as he won the final two games of the set to take the opener 7-5. McNally then went up an early break in the second and held that edge throughout for a 6-4 win.
In the second round, McNally will meet No. 5-seed Martin Redlicki of UCLA.
Oct. 31, 2017
The Buckeyes – JJ Wolf, Kyle Seelig and John McNally – will all compete this week in the ITA Fall National Championship at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa and the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Wolf, who is fresh off his victory at the USA34 Futures in Harlingen, Texas two weeks ago, received one of two ITA Wild Cards for the event. Seelig advanced to the semifinals of the consolation draw at the ITA All-American Championships last month and got in this week via an at-large spot. McNally also claimed an at-large spot as he advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA Midwest Regional two weeks ago in Ann Arbor.
Draws, schedule of play, daily recaps and photo gallery links can be found on the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships event page. Live scoring via Tennis Ticker will be available, while TempuZ will provide live streaming coverage from two courts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Links to live scoring and streaming are also available on the event page. Fans can also follow the conversation on Twitter by following @ITA_Tennis and @OracleTennis and using the hashtag #ITAFallNats.
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