ROME, GA – The 2017 ITA Oracle Cup began today at the Rome Tennis Center in Georgia. The Oracle Cup is a meeting of four divisional champions (Division II, Division III, NAIA, and JUCO), who compete for a chance to play in the Oracle ITA National Fall Championship against the nation's top Division I players. The winners of each of the ITA regional championships, in both singles and doubles, face off against one another for this opportunity. The Oracle Cup has existed since 1986 (when it was known as the Small College Nationals). This year 8,000 players competed in 60 different regional tournaments to qualify for the 2017 ITA Oracle Cup.
By taking the champion spot in the singles portion of the 2017 ITA Division III Men's New England Regional Championship, Brian Grodecki '18 earned a spot in the Oracle Cup. Grodecki played the first round of this tournament today at 9:00 am EST. He faced off against opponent Chase Lipcomb '19 from the University of Redlands. Lipcomb (seeded number three in the tournament) won the ITA West Regional Singles title to earn his spot in the cup. Grodecki conceded the first set 6-4 to Lipcomb, went down 2-0 in the first part of the second set, and then rattled off twelve straight games to earn him a well fought 6-2, 6-0 victory. "It was awesome to see him dig in and find another level to turn things around." Coach Dan Greenberg said about Grodecki's success.
Tomorrow, Grodecki will face Daniel Levine '19 of Carnegie Mellon University at 9:00 am EST for a chance to move on to a spot in the finals.