TULSA, Okla./Houston, Texas – Texas Tech sophomore Matheus Leite rattled off three-straight wins to win the consolation bracket at the Texas Tamale Invitational, while Parker Wynn defeated his first opponent to move on in Tulsa.
Leite, who was playing in his second tournament of the year, bounced back from an opening loss to Dane Esses of Tulane by defeating his next two opponents in straight sets.
He won his second-round match by a count of 6-4, 6-4 over Gabriel Evans of Incarnate Word. His third match of the tournament resulted in a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Nikita Larichev of Army before eventually ending his tournament with a 3-6, 6-1, 10-3 comeback win against Sebastian Mortier of Incarnate Word.
In Tulsa, four Red Raiders played in the first round of qualifiers at the Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championships, hosted by the University of Tulsa.
Bjorn Thomson began the qualifying round by dropping his first match against No. 89 Alex Knaff by a score of 7-5, 6-4. No. 69 Tommy Mylnikov was also defeated in his opener, as he was knocked off by No. 95 Joseph Guillin of UC Santa Barbara, 6-4 and 6-3.
Tech junior Parker Wynn was the lone singles winner on Monday, as the No. 64 ranked player emerged victorious against his opponent from the University of Denver, Mattia Ros, by a 6-2, 7-5 margin.
Wynn will face Will Little of Baylor in tomorrow's second round match of the qualifiers, needing two wins to advance to the main draw of the tournament.
Doubles partners Jackson Cobb and Mylnikov were also in action on Monday, as the experienced duo defeated their opponents from Tulane, 7-6(2) and 6-4, before ultimately falling to SMU in the second round.
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2018 Texas Tamale Invitational – Group A First Round
Dane Esses (Tulane) def. Matheus Leite (TTU) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
2018 Texas Tamale Invitational – Group A Consolation
Matheus Leite (TTU) def. Gabriel Evans (UIW) 6-4, 6-4
Matheus Leite (TTU) def. Nikita Larichev (Army) 6-4, 6-1
Matheus Leite (TTU) def. Sebastian Mortier (UIW) 6-4, 6-3
2018 Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championship – Qualifying Singles
No. 64 Parker Wynn (TTU) def. Mattia Ros (UD) 6-2, 7-5
No. 89 Alex Knaff (FSU) def. Bjorn Thomson (TTU) 7-5, 6-4
No. 95 Joseph Guillin (UCSB) def. No. 69 Tommy Mylnikov (TTU) 6-4, 6-3
2018 Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championship – Qualifying Doubles
Cobb/Mylnikov (TTU) def. Schick/Stewart (Tulane) 7-6(2), 6-4
Vaise/Vrbsky (SMU) def. Cobb/Mylnikov (TTU) 6-3, 7-6(8)