Duke Set to Host ITA Carolina Regional Championship – Duke University – GoDuke.com

DURHAM – Duke men’s tennis hosts the 2021 ITA Carolina Regional Championship this weekend at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.

More than 128 competitors will be in action as the tournament stretches from Friday through Tuesday.

Ten Blue Devils will compete this weekend in Andrew Dale (doubles action only), Edu Güell, Michael Heller, Garrett Johns, Arturo Kam, Faris Khan, Connor Krug, Jake Krug, Niroop Vallabhaneni, and Andrew Zhang. Duke’s 10 representatives are up from the seven participants it sent in 2019 at the same tournament. The event was not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Six of Duke’s 10 representatives were seeded on Thursday during the draw creation: Johns (3), Zhang (11), Güell (17-32), Heller (17-32), Khan (17-32), and C. Krug (17-32).

Play will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and all players are guaranteed two singles matches throughout the day. The doubles portion of the event will begin on Saturday.

The singles and doubles winners from each of the ITA regionals advance to the 2021 ITA National Fall Championships, held Nov. 4-7, at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, Calif.

Following this weekend’s qualifier event, the Blue Devils travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Wake Forest Fall Invite the weekend of Nov. 5-7.

Duke Round of 128 Singles Matches:



Arturo Kam (Duke) vs. Nicholas Campbell (Elon) – Court 14 at 8:30 a.m.

(17-32) Edu Güell (Duke) vs. Chrisjan Van Wyk (GWU) – Court 13 at 8:30 a.m.

(11) Andrew Zhang (Duke) vs. Nico Grewe (UNCG) – Court 15 at 8:30 a.m.

(17-32) Michael Heller (Duke) vs. Reece Falck (UNCW) – 9:30 a.m.

(17-32) Faris Khan (Duke) vs. Hugh Knapp (UNCG) – 10 a.m.

(17-32) Connor Krug (Duke) vs. Zac Larke (C. of Charleston) – 10 a.m.

Niroop Vallabhaneni (Duke) vs. Mark Dillon (UNC) – 10:30 a.m.

(3) Garrett Johns (Duke) vs. Damien Nezar (Campbell) – 11 a.m.

Jake Krug (Duke) vs. (16) Yannai Barkai (N.C. State) – 11 a.m.

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Players Mentioned

Andrew Dale

Andrew Dale

5′ 11″
146 lbs
Sophomore

Edu Güell

Edu Güell

6′ 1″
176 lbs
Senior

Michael Heller

Michael Heller

6′ 0″
166 lbs
Junior

Garrett Johns

Garrett Johns

5′ 11″
155 lbs
Junior

Faris Khan

Faris Khan

6′ 0″
165 lbs
Sophomore

Niroop Vallabhaneni

Niroop Vallabhaneni

6′ 0″
161 lbs
Sophomore

Andrew Zhang

Andrew Zhang

6′ 2″
170 lbs
Junior

Arturo Kam

Arturo Kam

5′ 10″
158 lbs
Graduate Student

Connor Krug

Connor Krug

6′ 6″
182 lbs
Freshman

Jake Krug

Jake Krug

6′ 5″
185 lbs
Freshman