Case Western Reserve University senior James Hopper and junior Vishwa Aduru put a bow on a historic season for the men’s tennis program by winning the 2023 NCAA Division III Doubles Championship, defeating Michael Melnikov and Utham Koduri in a third set tiebreaker, 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (5) at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday afternoon.
The doubles championship was the 22nd individual NCAA title in the history of CWRU Athletics. It also marked the third NCAA Division III Doubles Championship in the history of the men’s tennis team, including the 2014 title won by CJ Krimbill and Eric Klawitter and the 2022 championship claimed by Hopper and Jonathan Powell.
Hopper is the fifth CWRU athlete ever to claim multiple NCAA Individual Championships over a career, joining Leslie Kindling (track and field, 1995), Chris Ricklic (wrestling, 1994 and 1995), Kevin Luthy (track and field, 1990 and 1991), and John Bradshaw (swimming and diving, 1988 and 1989).
Read more about the match on the CWRU Athletics website.