Whitehead first Longhorn to reach tennis nationals since 2009

Nitya Duran

Senior No. 46 Texas player Daniel Whitehead will travel to Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (the same site of the U.S. Open earlier this year) in Flushing, N.Y. today through Sunday for the 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.

Whitehead is one of 32 players who will compete in the singles draw portion of the championships and is the first Longhorn to reach the nationals since Ed Corrie in 2009. Whitehead solidified a spot for himself in the New York after winning the main singles draw at the Texas Regionals in Fort Worth, T.X.

Whitehead has played exceptional tennis this fall accruing an 8-2 singles record in singles competition, 2-2 against ranked opponents. Whitehead was ranked No. 46 in the ITA preseason rankings and will see many of the top-ranked college players in the nation, including Virginia’s Alex Domijan who was ranked No. 8 during the preseason but is currently the No. 1 player in the tournament, and Ohio State’s Peter Kobelt who was ranked No. 35 in the preseason but is currently the No. 2 player in the tournament.

The National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships will mark ending of the fall season.