Spencer Papa Earns Spot in U.S. Open Doubles Draw
NORMAN – Oklahoma men's tennis senior Spencer Papa will compete in the U.S. Open doubles draw starting Monday with North Carolina’s William Blumberg.
The pair earned a wild card invitation to the final major of the year and will take on the No. 1 seeded doubles tandem of Henri Kontinen and John Peers. Papa qualified for the wild card by winning the 2017 NCAA doubles national championship with teammate Andrew Harris in May.
“I am really excited for Spencer and this opportunity to play in the biggest tennis tournament in the world,” Oklahoma head coach Nick Crowell said. “Spencer has worked extremely hard for this opportunity and I look forward to watching him play against the world’s best.
“Spencer and William are two of the best doubles players out there and they will complement each other nicely in New York. They haven't played together competitively yet, however at this level these guys can adapt quickly to any partner.”
Papa is the first Sooner to compete at the U.S. Open since Andrei Daescu played in the 2015 mixed doubles draw.
The Edmond, Okla., native rolled through the doubles bracket with Harris in May to claim the first individual national championship in program history. The pair was honored as ITA All-Stars following the NCAA Championships and also earned ITA All-America honors.
The chance for Papa to compete at the prestigious major tournament marks a major milestone for the OU men’s tennis program.
“This is a great moment for the Oklahoma men’s tennis program,” Crowell stated. “Anytime you have one of your own representing your team at the biggest professional tournament in the world is very exciting.
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