IOWA CITY, Iowa — As the final summer weeks before the start of the fall semester approaches, University of Iowa men’s tennis student-athletes got in as many matches as they could in preparation for this upcoming season.
Junior Joe Tyler, who spent this summer overseas, competed in the ITF World Tennis Tour event in Dublin, Ireland earlier this month. Tyler notched two straight-set victories in the qualifying draw to advance to the main draw. The Berkshire, England, native bounced Harry Ellesmere of Ireland in the Round of 32 before falling to Great Britain’s Andrew Watson in the Round of 16.
Redshirt senior Kareem Allaf competed in two ITF World Tennis Tour events in the state of Illinois. In Champaign, Allaf cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Gui Gomes to advance to the main draw. Allaf won his Round of 32 contest against McClain Kessler (6-4, 6-2), before being outlasting by Keenan Mayo in three sets (5-7, 7-6, 5-7). In Decatur, Allaf won two qualifying draw matches in straight sets before falling to Aron Hiltzik in three sets (7-5, 2-6, 6-1) in the main draw.
Senior Jason Kerst was also in action this month, competing in events in Decatur and Edwardsville, Illinois, and Fort Worth, Texas. The native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, won a match in the qualifying draw in Edwardsville and one match in Texas.
To revisit how Hawkeye student-athletes did in summer events in June and July, click HERE.
ITF World Tennis Tour (Dublin, Ireland; July 30-Aug. 4)
RD 1: Tyler def. Llewelyn Bevan (GBR): 6-2, 6-4
RD 2: Tyler def. Neil O’Connor (IRL): 6-4, 6-3
RD 32: Tyler def. Harry Ellesmere (IRL): 6-4, 6-4
RD 16: Andrew Watson (GBR) def. Tyler: 6-4, 6-2
ITF World Tennis Tour (Champaign, Illinois; July 23-28)
RD 2: Allaf def. Gui Gomes (USA): 6-3, 6-2
RD 32: Allaf def. McClain Kessler: 6-4, 6-2
RD 16: Keenan Mayo def. Allaf: 5-7, 7-6, 5-7
ITF World Tennis Tour (Decatur, Illinois; July 30-Aug. 1)
RD 1: Allaf def. Jourdan Kast (USA): 6-4,6-2
RD 2: Allaf def. Jason Kros (USA): 6-3, 6-4
RD 32: Aron Hiltzik (USA) def. Allaf: 7-5, 2-6, 6-1
ITF World Tennis Tour (Decatur, Illinois; July 29-Aug. 4)
RD 1: Trey Hildebrand def. Kerst: 6-3, 6-2
ITF World Tennis Tour (Edwardsville, Illinois; Aug. 5-11)
RD 1: Kerst def. McClain Kessler: 6-2, 7-6(7)
RD 2: Alfredo Perez def. Kerst: 6-1, 6-1
ITA National Summer Championships (Fort Worth, Texas; Aug. 9-13)
RD 64: Kerst def. T. Steinour: 6-2, 6-4
RD 32: Max Stewart def. Kerst: 6-0, 0-6, 10-8