Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center at Fort Worth, Texas, was the host University of the 2017 ITA National Summer Championships, and after packed draws in both sections, we finally got the champions. The 10th seed Alexander Lebedev from Notre Dame went all the way in the men's draw, beating Alexandru Grigorescu 6-3 6-2. This triumph earned him a wild card for the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men's All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, starting from September 30.
"It means a lot to play the main draw of (the All-American Championships)," Lebedev said. "I've played pre-qualifying the last two years and did not fare well, so to be in that elite company (of the main draw) is what I've been striving for. This week I proved to myself I can consistently hang with the best players and that I deserve to be in that Tulsa draw. It's the culmination of a great summer after having a solid summer session at Notre Dame, and then playing super well in Tacoma and New Orleans (during Summer Circuit play). The TCU ITA was really difficult, the conditions were among the warmest and most humid I've ever felt (almost more than New Orleans!) but the fact that I felt fresh every day is a testament to the great training I've done this summer and the whole semester before that. In terms of going into junior year, I feel great."
Winthrop University junior Lauren Proctor is the winner in women's section, beating home star Donika Bashota 6-2 6-3 in the title match. Reigning Big South Conference Player of the Year dropped just 1 set during the campaign and she also took down the top seed Kaitlyn Mccarthy in the semis. This victory also gave her the wild card for the 2017 Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships at Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades in October.