Ghorbel Selected To Participate In NCAA Men's Tennis Championship
The last Bulldog to be chosen was Dalibor Pavic, who withdrew from the championship before competing in 2008. Robert Novotny was the last Drake men’s tennis player to play in the event, participating in both 1995 and 1997.
“This is one of the best opportunities that I’ve had in my Drake tennis career,” Ghorbel explained. “I’m very excited to play in the NCAA Championship with all the best players in the nation. It will be a great opportunity to prove myself and make Drake men's tennis history."
Ghorbel is ranked 63rd in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings, with the latest tabulations due out on Thursday (May 2).
“The men's team has made the team event the past three years and now for one of our players to be recognized as one of the best in the country makes another great statement for our program,” Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski commented.
The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 22-27 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill., following the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 16-21 at the University of Illinois.
All matches will be the best of three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used for all matches.
Automatic qualification into the DI singles championships is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible singles players ranked in the ITA Top 125 for eligible/entered singles players. For conferences with more than one singles player within the ITA Top 125 eligible/entered singles players, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which student-athlete is the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All singles players must have a minimum of 13 completed singles matches in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.
Ghorbel and the rest of the 27th-ranked Bulldogs return to the court on May 10 as Drake travels to Los Angeles, Calif., to compete in the NCAA Championship against No. 35 TCU. Match time at the Los Angeles Tennis Center is set for 12:00 p.m. CT.