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Finkelman Upsets Top-Ranked Singles Player; Finishes as Runner-up at ITA Regionals

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Andrew Finkelman '21 of the Wesleyan University men's tennis team pulled off an incredible upset Sunday, as he defeated the defending national champion and top-seeded Lubomir Cuba of Middlebury College in the semifinals of the ITA Regional Championships.

Finkelman won convincingly, as he defeated Cuba, the No. 1 ranked player in the country, by scores of 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the finals. Cuba also won the NCAA doubles title a year ago.

Unseeded entering the tournament, Finkelman reached the finals before his impressive run came to an end. He was defeated by ninth-seeded Brian Grodecki of Williams College 6-2, 6-4.

The Cardinals have a week off before returning to competition on Friday, Oct. 13 for the three-day MIT Invitational.