TULSA, Okla. — Joubert Klopper earned a three-set win in his debut at the ITA All-American Championship to lead Vanderbilt men’s tennis as qualifying rounds of the event began Monday.
The fifth-year student-athlete defeated nationally-ranked Andrew Zhang of Duke 6-3 in the deciding set, and will continue in qualify-round play on Tuesday morning. Nathan Cox fell in both singles and doubles—paired with Jeremie Casabon—in a third set in his first matches of the tournament, and the pair of Juan Lopez and Michael Ross were defeated in their opening qualifying doubles match by a nationally-ranked opponent.
Joubert Klopper (Vanderbilt) def. #64 Andrew Zhang (Duke), 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
Jacob Bickersteth (Michigan) def. #119 Nathan Cox (Vanderbilt), 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-0
Giulio Perego/Togan Tokac (Texas A&M) def. Jeremie Casabon/Cox (Vanderbilt), 3-6, 6-1, 10-8
#59 Murphy Cassone/Martin Vergara Del Puerto (Arizona State) def. Juan Lopez/Michael Ross (Vanderbilt), 6-3, 6-3