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Plans Finalized for Bordas & Bordas W.Va. Open

WHEELING — Play will begin at the Bordas & Bordas West Virginia Open on Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Horne Family Tennis Center at Oglebay Park.

The Women’s Open Singles No. 1 seed is Lindsay Graff.

While in high school in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Graff was the three-time Miami Herald Player of the Year in singles and doubles. In 2011, she was the Florida state singles champion in Class 2A.

Graff played collegiate tennis at Princeton University. While competing there, she was selected to the All-Ivy League singles and doubles teams.

Graff’s undergraduate degree is in mechanical and aerospace engineering. She is currently a graduate student at Carnegie Melon.

The Men’s Open Singles No. 1 seed is Connor Bruce, who hails from Pittsburgh.

He played high school tennis at Peters Township.

In 2017 he was the WPIAL singles champ, and in 2019 he won the Pennsylvania state doubles title.

Bruce will be entering his junior year at the University of Dayton. As a sophomore with the Dayton Flyers, Bruce was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Year, as well as being selected to the All-Atlantic 10 Conference first team.

Bruce is majoring in supply chain management.

Rounding out the top seeds in Men’s Open Singles are Nishanth Basavareddy at No. 2, Keith Whittingham at No. 3, and Ronnie Hulewicz at No. 4. Whittingham and John Chatlak (No. 6 seed) are the only entrants in the tournament who are past champions of the Men’s Open Singles at this tournament. Hulewicz is the men’s tennis coach at West Liberty University.

Seeds for other divisions include the following: Men’s Open Doubles – Matt Belenky/Raphael Thurber; Mixed Open Doubles – Keith Whittingham/Courtney Thompson; Mixed 55 Doubles – Carla Babe/John Kejas; Mixed 40 Doubles – Brett Andrews/Tina Francis; Men’s 4.0 Singles – Gary Dellovade; Men’s 4.0 Doubles – Brett Andrews/Jeffrey Gardner; Women’s 3.0 Doubles – Chrissy Andrews/B. J. Johnston; and Women’s 4.0 Doubles – Maggie Allison/Miki Grim.

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