Posting three straight two-set victories, Greenwich High School junior Dylan Atkinson advanced to the semifinal-round in the singles bracket of the 2022 CIAC Invitational Tennis Tournament.
Atkinson, who earned the tournament’s No. 4 seed after producing a standout season at first singles for the Cardinals throughout the season, received a first-round bye in the tournament. He then defeated Luke Levanet of Fairfield Prep in the Round of 32 match, 6-4, 6-2, at Wesleyan University in Middletown.
In the Round of 16, Atkinson topped Paul James from Trumbull, 6-4, 6-2, to move on to the quarterfinals of the CIAC Invitational. Tuesday’s quarterfinals saw Atkinson register another straight set win, this time against fifth-seeded Utsav Ubramani from Cheshire.
Atkinson was a 7-5, 6-4 winner against Ubramani in the quarterfinals, setting up a semifinal-round match against No. 1-seeded Tighe Brunetti from Staples. Brunetti, who received an opening-round bye, earned a berth in the tournament’s semifinals by defeating eighth-seeded Ted Callery of Darien in the quarterfinals, 6-0, 6-0.
Due to the threat of rain for today and tomorrow, the tournament will resume tomorrow indoors. Atkinson and Brunetti will play their semifinal match at the Tennis Fitness Center of Rocky Hill at 12 p.m. tomorrow. The other semifinal matches will also take place at the Tennis Fitness Center of Rocky Hill.
The tournament’s championship singles and doubles matches are scheduled to be held at Wesleyan University on Friday.
In doubles action, Cardinals juniors Cai Jain and Nick O’Brien made a strong run to the quarterfinals of the Invitational Tournament. Seeded seventh, Jain and O’Brien received a first-round bye, then topped Rohan Purohit/Veerappa Boopathy from East Lyme, 6-3, 6-2 in the Round of 16.
Staples second-seeded duo of Luke Brodsky/Alex Guadarrama defeated Jain and O’Brien in yesterday’s quarterfinal-round, 6-2, 6-2.
Also in yesterday’s Round of 16 doubles match, Greenwich freshmen Ishan Ambastha/Rohan Mittal lost to Darien’s top-seeded duo of Anders Hansen/Will Donnelly, 6-2, 6-1.
Ambastha and Mittal were victorious in their opening round match for the Cardinals, registering a 6-2, 6-1 win over Dan Folloni and Julian Roy of Jonathan Law.