ST. HELENA, Calif. – Nikhil Jayashankar won Group 8 to advance to the Solinco USTA Wild-Card Shoot-Out on Sunday at the Audi Napa Valley Tennis Classic, but the California junior fell in the playoffs on the final day of the tournament.
Cal was the host of the 13th annual event held at the Meadowood Napa Valley Resort.
“It was wildly successful,” said Cal head coach Peter Wright, one of the co-founders of the Audi Napa Valley Tennis Classic. “We had the president of the USTA in attendance. He commented how important this tournament is in the fabric of American tennis. From our standpoint it was a wonderfully successful standpoint.
“From a Cal tennis standpoint, our guys played well. We had one flight winner in Nikhil Jayashankar, and there was wonderful tennis play throughout. It was a great chance to see our two freshmen – Filip Bergevi and Andre Goransson – play. It’s extremely encouraging for the rest of the season. It’s still early on, but the results so far have been incredibly encouraging.”
Jayashankar – who posted a 3-0 group record and was the only Bear to reach the shootout – lost to Florida State’s 57th-ranked Dominic Cotrone, 11-9, in quarterfinals.
The eventual winner of the shootout was San Diego’s Uros Petronijevic, who topped Alabama’s Daniil Proskura in the final, 10-8. Petronijevic, the 2013 Solinco USTA Shoot-Out Champion, claimed a main draw wild card into a future USTA pro circuit event.
Earlier, both Jayashankar and Goransson defeated USTA Junior National Team opponents to close out group play. Goransson did not advance out of Group 4 with his 2-1 record.
In Group 3, Bergevi lost to Texas A&M’s 78th-ranked Junior Ore, 6-4, 6-2, to finish with a 1-2 group record, while junior Gregory Bayane fell to Alabama’s 100th-ranked Becker O’Shaughnessy, 6-1, 6-0, in Group 2 to likewise wind up with a 1-2 record in Napa.
Cal next competes in the Bulldog Classic from Friday to Sunday, Sept. 27-29, in Fresno, Calif.