Four players from Tech’s men’s tennis team took part in tournament play over the weekend and saw mixed success. Freshmen Eduardo Segura and Vikram Hundal played in the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational from Oct. 1-3, while senior Dusan Miljevic, senior Kevin King and junior Juan Melian competed in the qualifying rounds of the 2011 ITA Men’s All-American Championships from Oct. 3-5.
The tournament featured 58 players from around the country in both singles and doubles draws, with Segura, Hundal and Colin Edwards slated to represent the Jackets.
Injuries, however, derailed the plan. Hundal and Segura were forced to retire from their match in the A draw of the doubles bracket against Louisville’s Adan McDonald and Chris Simich after Hundal suffered an injury. As a result, Hundal also had to withdraw from his singles match against MTSU’s Marlon Brand.
Segura remained active and won his opening match in the A draw of the singles bracket, defeating Louisville’s Simich 6-3, 6-4. He did not advance further, though, as Matus Mydla of Armstrong Atlantic defeated Segura 6-4, 6-1 in the Round of 16.
Miljevic was an entrant in the pre-qualifying round of the ITA tournament in Tulsa, Okla. The senior faced Andrew Butz of Florida in the second round; the match was close, but Butz held off Miljevic to win in straight sets 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (8-6).
In the qualifying singles draw, both King and Melian advanced to the third round and faced off against foes from Vanderbilt on Wednesday, Oct. 5. King won in straight sets over Gonzales Austin 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the main draw, while Melian pulled ahead early but dropped a three-set contest to Charlie Jones 0-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Melian was eliminated with the loss, but King advanced and will compete in the singles main draw, which began on Thursday, Oct. 6. Junior Juan Spir will also be in the singles main draw; additionally, King and Spir are the top-seeded pair in the doubles main draw, which also began on Thursday.