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Watt, Fitzgerald Win National Titles Over Winter Break
Senior Niall Fitzgerald won the singles title at the David Lloyd National Indoor Championships in his native Ireland.
 
Senior Niall Fitzgerald won the singles title at the David Lloyd National Indoor Championships in his native Ireland.

Dec. 31, 2011

FLUSHING, N.Y. / DUBLIN, Ireland - While most students spent their final week of 2011 relaxing at home with family and friends, a pair of Notre Dame men's tennis student-athletes used their final week of the year to win national championships. Senior Casey Watt won a pair of doubles crowns at the USTA National Men's Open, Women's Open and Mixed Open Indoor National Championships, while fellow senior Niall Fitzgerald took home the singles title at the David Lloyd National Indoor Championships in his native Ireland.

Watt, a three-time all-BIG EAST selection, won both the doubles and mixed doubles titles and also advanced to the round of 32 in singles action on his way to a 15-1 record on the week.

The USTA event, which took place at the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., saw Watt pair with 2010 Duquesne graduate and current volunteer head coach Jeremy McClelland for doubles and fellow Pennsylvania native Elyse Steiner for mixed doubles.

In doubles action, Watt and McClelland cruised through the first two rounds, winning 6-1, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-2. The duo had their first tough match in the round of 16, as they won in three sets over Appel and Paul, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. They took the round of eight match, 6-3, 6-4, over the second seeded team of Hansen and Kessler before advancing to the finals with a hard-fought three-set win over the third-seeded team of Bratt and Mattelson, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3). McClelland and Watt took the title with a 7-6 (1), 6-2 win over the eighth-seeded pair of Silverman and Vega.

Steiner and Watt defeated three seeded teams on their way to the mixed doubles championship. Winning all six matches in straight sets, the pair defeated the family duo of Scandalis and Scandalis, 6-3, 6-3 in the championship match.

In singles, Watt cruised through to the round of 32, winning his first three matches in straight sets. In the round of 32, Watt ran into Salifu Mohammed, who took down the Gibsonia, Pa., native, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Mohammed went on to make it to the round of eight, where he lost to the eventual national champion.


 

 

Across the pond, Fitzgerald went 5-0 in singles action to hoist the national championship. Given the number two seed, Fitzgerald won his first three matches in straight sets, before meeting up with the number three seed in the semifinals. Facing John McGahon, Fitzgerald won the first and third sets to advance to the finals, 7-6, 1-6, 10-8. In the finals, the Wicklow native defeated the No. 1 seed Lazare Kukhalashvili, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

Fitzgerald also played in the doubles championship, going 1-1 with partner Tommie Murphy.

In all, Watt and Fitzgerald went a combined 21-2 at the two tournaments.

The duo, along with the rest of the Irish, open the 2012 campaign in just two short weeks when they host Illinois State and Toledo on Jan. 15 at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.   

USTA Doubles

64

(7) McClelland/Watt d. Fischbach/Sendich

6-1; 6-1

32

(7) McClelland/Watt d. Chigateri/Reddy

6-1; 6-2

16

(7) McClelland/Watt d. Appel/Paul

5-7; 6-3; 6-4

Q

(7) McClelland/Watt d. (2) Hansen/Kessler

6-3; 6-4

SF

(7) McClelland/Watt d. (3) Bratt/Mattelson

6-4; 3-6; 7-6(3)

F

(7) McClelland/Watt d. (8) Silverman/Vega

7-6(1); 6-2

USTA Mixed Doubles

64

Steiner/Watt d. Lin/Rodriguez

7-5; 6-4

32

Steiner/Watt d. (7) Bolotova/Delevante

6-0; 6-1

16

Steiner/Watt d. Battaglia/Mohammed

6-3; 6-2

Q

Steiner/Watt d. (3) Mc Clelland/Steiner

6-3; 7-5

SF

Steiner/Watt d. (2) Adamski/Kessler

6-0; 6-1

F

Steiner/Watt d. Scandalis/Scandalis

6-3; 6-3

USTA Singles

256

Casey Watt d. Joseph Passarella

6-0; 6-2

128

Casey Watt d. Sachin Raghavan

6-2; 6-3

64

Casey Watt d. Josh Levine

6-3; 6-2

32

Salifu Mohammed d. Casey Watt

6-4; 7-6(4)

David Lloyd Singles


32


(2)Niall Fitzgerald d. Connor Schelling-Tisza


6-2; 6-3

16

(2)Niall Fitzgerald d. Harry Edward Walshe

6-0; 6-1

Q

(2)Niall Fitzgerald d. (5) Tommie Murphy

6-1; 7-6 (4)

SF

(2)Niall Fitzgerald d. (3) John McGahon

7-6; 1-6; 10-8

F

(2)Niall Fitzgerald d. (1) Lazare Kukhalashvili

6-3; 2-6; 6-4

David Lloyd Doubles

32

(1)Fitzgerald / Murphy d. Dudley / Mimnagh-Fleming

6-2; 6-1

16

J. Morrissey / P. Morrissey d. (1)Fitzgerald / Murphy

5-7; 6-7

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September 18
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Chowder Fest
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RECAP
September 22
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 23
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 24
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 25
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 26
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 27
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 28
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 29
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 30
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
October 1
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
October 1
All Day
ITA All-American Championships Pre-Qualifying
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October 2
All Day
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Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
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All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
October 3
All Day
ITA All-American Championships Qualifying
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 4
All Day
ITA All-American Championships Qualifying
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 6
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 7
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 7
All Day
Bobby Bayliss Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
October 8
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 8
All Day
Bobby Bayliss Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
October 9
All Day
Bobby Bayliss Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
October 9
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 10
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 20
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 21
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 22
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 23
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 24
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 28
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
October 29
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
October 30
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
October 31
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
November 1
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
November 2
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
November 3
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
November 3
All Day
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 4
All Day
Cleveland State Invitational
Cleveland, Ohio (Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion)
November 4
All Day
Gopher Invitational
Minneapolis, Minn. (Baseline Tennis Center)
November 4
All Day
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 5
All Day
Cleveland State Invitational
Cleveland, Ohio (Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion)
November 5
All Day
Gopher Invitational
Minneapolis, Minn. (Baseline Tennis Center)
November 5
All Day
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 6
All Day
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 6
All Day
Gopher Invitational
Minneapolis, Minn. (Baseline Tennis Center)
November 6
All Day
Cleveland State Invitational
Cleveland, Ohio (Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion)
January 20
3:30 PM
Ball State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
January 22
12:00 PM
Kentucky
Lexington, Ky. (Boone Tennis Center)
January 27
1:30 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Complex)
January 28
3:00 PM
TBA
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Complex)
February 4
10:00 AM
Monmouth N.J.
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 4
3:00 PM
William & Mary
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 11
12:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 12
12:00 PM
Illinois
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 12
5:00 PM
Detroit
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 19
12:00 PM
Indiana
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 24
6:00 PM
Northwestern
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
March 3
6:00 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
March 11
12:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
March 18
2:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
March 24
3:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burrleson Tennis Center)
March 31
3:30 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 2
12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 7
3:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Speicher Tennis Center)
April 9
12:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (Neil Schiff Tennis Center)
April 14
3:00 PM
Duke
Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Center)
April 16
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
April 21
3:30 PM
Clemson
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 23
12:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 26
TBA
ACC Championships
TBD
April 27
TBA
ACC Championships
TBD
April 28
TBA
ACC Championships
TBD
April 29
TBA
ACC Championships
TBD
April 30
TBA
ACC Championships
TBD
May 12
All Day
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