Following their Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Ohio Valley Regional Doubles title, the duo of Parker Wynn and Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff will represent the University of Louisville men’s tennis team at the Orcacle ITA National Fall Championships on Nov. 1-5 in Indian Wells, Calif. The pair will face Georgia’s 53rd-ranked Walker Duncan and Wayne Montgomery in their opening round Wednesday at 2 p.m. (ET).
“Chris and Parker are excited about playing this tournament,” said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. “Only the Regional winners, top 20 doubles teams and a couple of wildcards have been invited. So it is the best of the best. It is not every day that the winner of an event wins a national championship and will be ranked No. 1 in the country. Also, the organization of this level of tournament is like a professional tournament. During the latter rounds, the matches are played in Indian Wells where Roger Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal compete every year.”
The Oracle ITA National Fall Championships is being held at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens and the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa and will serve as the conclusion of the fall collegiate tennis season. Tournament competition will feature 64 of the nation’s top collegiate singles players, as well as 32 doubles teams.
Wynn, a sophomore from North Richland Hills, Texas and Morin-Kougoucheff, a junior from Capbreton, France, enter the ITA National Fall Championship as the fourth-seeded doubles team after reaching the semifinals at the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships and winning the doubles title at the Ohio Valley Regional Championships. They stand at No. 29 in the ITA preseason doubles rankings and have compiled a 9-4 record in the fall season.
“This is the highest seed in a national tournament in our program history,” said Ecarma. “This team has come a long way since they lost both of their doubles matches at the Florida Gator Invitational. I felt that they had potential and kept them together for the next tournament which was the All-American and the rest is history. Their communication has emerged as well as Chris’s great shot making from the baseline. Parker also has been prowling the net like a shark and this becomes a very well-rounded team with specific duties in a match. It will be exciting this week to play for No.
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