CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Kentucky Juniors Gabriel Diallo and Liam Draxl who have been staples of the Wildcats singles roster, will begin playing in the 2022 NCAA Singles Tournament at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Champaign, Illinois, beginning Monday night.
Singles play will begin after the NCAA Championship team competition, which is also being held in Champaign. Eighth-seeded Kentucky is scheduled to face seventh-seeded Virginia at 4 p.m. ET Sunday in the Wildcats’ first-ever title game.
Similar to the doubles match competition, each match in the NCAA singles tournament will be played best of three sets. Commercial-free scoring and a seven-point tiebreaker (first to seven points, must win by two points) at six games – all will be used for all games.
Diallo, a Montreal native, received overall selection after going 34-6 so far this year in singles. His first opponent will be Baylor’s Adrian Boitan, who won the fifth seed after going 21-3 on the year and 19-2 from first place in the double-match competition. They will start at 6:30 p.m.
Draxl, the reigning varsity player of the year and fourth-ranked ITA singles player, was seeded fourth in the field. He will face Wake Forest’s Eduardo Nava, who was the Demon Deacons’ selection for court three when they played in the UK, tomorrow at 7pm.
This is the second straight singles tournament bid for Diallo and Draxl, who both had deep runs in 2021. Diallo, the 14th seed a season ago, reached the Sweet 16, and Draxl , then top-seeded, made Wildcat history by becoming the first British player to reach the Final Four since Eric Quigley in 2012.
Tickets for the NCAA Individual Tournament are on sale now and fans are encouraged to purchase them in advance. A single day ticket for any part of the tournament is $17 and a ticket for all tournament sessions is $57. Fans interested in purchasing tickets can access the link to do so here.
For fans who can’t attend the game in person, TennisONE is your home for the NCAA Tournament. The TennisONE app will live stream all matches throughout the playoffs. The app is free to download from the iOS and Google Play app stores and can be viewed on the web here.
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