Nichols continues run at USTA National Championships
Aug. 7, 2007
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Incoming freshman men's tennis player Zach Nichols advanced to the round of 16 in singles play on Tuesday at the USTA Boys' 18 National Championships held at Kalamazoo College after upsetting the No. 4 ranked junior in the nation. Nichols has also advanced to the round of 16 in doubles play.
Nichols, who is the brother of current TCU women's tennis standout Kewa Nichols, started his run in the round of 256 with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Connor Roth. Nichols then upset the No. 24 seed and No. 107 ranked junior in the world, Ryan Lipman, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the round of 64, where he defeated Denis Lin 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. In the round of 32, Nichols upended the No. 12 seed and the No. 4 rated junior in the U.S., Brennan Boyajian. Nichols will face the winner of the match between No. 3 Ryan Thacher and No. 23 Adam El Mihdawy in the quarterfinal round.
In doubles play, Nichols and partner Christopher Price have won three matches to advance to the round of 16, including an upset of the No. 13 seeded team of Buchanan and Hamui in the round of 64. The duo will meet the No. 6 seeded pair of Britton and El Mihdawy in the quarterfinals.
In May, Nichols won the UIL 4A State Tennis Championship held in Austin, Texas, over another incoming TCU freshman, Casey Powers.
The winner of the USTA National Championship will receive a wildcard into this year's U.S. Open.