Gainesville, FL - Florida men’s tennis will compete in the
ITA/D’Novo All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., hosted by
the University of Tulsa from Oct. 2-10. The nine-day event offers the
first national singles and doubles titles of the 2010-11 collegiate
The tournament is slated kick off with singles pre-qualifying rounds on
Oct. 2 and 3, followed by singles and doubles qualifying rounds Oct.
4-6. The main draw in both singles and doubles will open on Oct. 7 with
the finals scheduled for Oct. 10.
UF senior Alexandre Lacroix (Paris, France), a quarterfinalist in last
year’s singles event and currently the ninth-ranked player nationally,
has received a bid into the main 64-player singles draw, as well as the
32-team doubles draw alongside junior Nassim Slilam (Paris, France).
Slilam and sophomores Bob van Overbeek (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Sekou
Bangoura Jr. (Bradenton, Fla.) will open singles play in the qualifying
rounds, while van Overbeek and Bangoura will also team up beginning in
the doubles qualifying stage.
Appearing first at the ITA All-American Championships for Florida will
be a trio of players in the singles pre-qualifying rounds, as freshmen
Michael Alford (Tampa, Fla.) and Andrew Butz (Vero Beach, Fla.) along
with sophomore Billy Federhofer (North Miami, Fla.) will begin play on
This marks the fourth straight year that Tulsa will host the event.
Following the ITA All-American Championships, the Gators will turn their
attention to the USTA/ITA Southeastern Regional Championships, which UF
will host at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex Oct. 21-25.