ELON, N.C. – The final day of the men’s tennis Elon Fall Invitational has been cancelled due to rain on Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center.
Salvador Mijares was the highlight of Elon’s showing in its tournament, reaching the final of the A1 Singles Draw, which included an epic comeback in the semifinals. Mijares finished 3-0 in singles play during the tournament.
“Overall I felt it was a good tournament for our guys,” said Elon head coach Michael Leonard. “Salvador [Mijares], who was a little under the weather this weekend, really showed his heart and toughness making the finals against some quality opponents. We now have a few weeks to work on our games individually before competing in the Regionals.”
After opening the flight defeating Francis Pare of Charlotte in the Round of 16 and UNC Asheville’s Henry Patten in the quarterfinals, he then saved two match points to defeat Old Dominion’s Jacob Nicolussi 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(4) to reach the finals of the A1 Singles draw.
In addition for the Phoenix, Taylor Foote went 3-2 overall. The sophomore defeated Reid Dillon of UNC Asheville 6-4, 6-3 in the C1 Singles quarterfinals before dropping a 6-3, 7-6(4) decision to Coastal Carolina’s Jose Ortega in the semifinals.
Petar Tomic advanced to the quarterfinals of the A2 Singles flight and finished 2-2 overall for the tournament. Neal Port and Felipe Osses-Konig each split a pair of singles matches on day two. Port advanced to the consolation semifinals of the B1 Singles draw with a 6-2, 6-3 victory, but fell in three sets to Longwood’s Julian Farthing.
Competing in the A2 Singles draw, Osses-Konig won a 6-2, 3-6, 10-6 match against Longwood’s Arthur Bardellotto on Saturday before dropping his second match to Diego Castano of Liberty.
Port and Osses-Konig both finished with a combined 2-3 record through two days of play.
The Phoenix will prepare for the ITA Carolina Regionals, Oct. 14-17, in Cary, N.C.