Divar, Gresk, Kay and Melendez earn singles wins; Divar and Kay advance in doubles
87 Georgia Tech student-athletes participated in internships this summer
Yellow Jackets gaining real-world experience at a variety of world-class organizations
Kay, Li, Melendez and Yun need one win each Friday to reach main draw
Yellow Jacket sophomore duo wins three matches on Sunday
Career Notes: Left-handed player signed with Tech in the spring of 2014 out of the Stephen Diaz Tennis Academy ... Ranked 132nd in the nation by the Tennis Recruiting Network, and No. 45 in the USTA Southern Section, and is an excellent doubles player ... Has a pair of ITA summer circuit titles and a collegiate doubles title (Southern Intercollegiate Championships in 2015) under his belt.
2016-17 (Junior): Match-by-Match
Posted a 13-6 record in singles play, splitting at 1-1 in dual match play ... Finished 7-7 overall in doubles with a 2-3 ledger in dual matches.
2015-16 (Sophomore): Match-by-Match
Enjoyed a solid fall season with an 12-8 record, but has played only one dual match this spring, a win against Boston College ... Twice beat Georgia's Andy Martinez in tournaments ... Went 4-2 in the ITA Southeast Regional in the fall.
2014-15 (Freshman): Match-by-Match
Won the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational doubles title in his division and reached the finals in singles ... Inserted into the lineup for seven dual matches, two ACC matches, and went 6-1 in singles playing No. 5 and 6 ... 13-10 overall in singles, 8-6 in doubles ... Won the consolation draw of the B division in the Georgia Tech Invitational with Daniel Yun, and also went 2-2 in singles, reaching the consolation final of the B division ... Went 1-1 in singles and doubles at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships... Went 2 and 1 in singles and lost in doubles to a top 15 opponent at the USTA/ITA Southeast Regionals.
2014 Summer Highlights: Captured a pair of ITA Summer Circuit titles, winning the singles championship in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and the doubles title in Murfreesboro, Tenn. ... Seeded seventh, he defeated Trevor Gotkowski in the championship match, and knocked off the top seed, Alabama sophomore Sean Donohue, in the semi-finals.
Junior Tennis: Rated a four-star player ... Accumulated a 42-25 overall singles record in the 12 months before signing, including a 39-13 mark against players at the four-star level or below ... Defeated three players at the five-star and blue-chip levels ... Finished in fifth place in USTA Closed Regional in February, 2014, reaching quarterfinals, then won two backdraw matches ... Went 4-2 at a USTA Southern Level 1A event in /South Carolina in April of 2014 ... Reached the quarterfinals in singles of the 2013 Bullfrog USTA Sectional, and the 2013 and 2014 USTA Closed Regional in Mobile, Ala. ... Won the doubles championships of the 2013 and 2014 USTA regionals and Winter Southern Closed events, and reached the semifinals in two Bullfrog USTA sectionals.
Personal: Full name is Elijah Joel Melendez ... Born November 5, 1995 in Mobile, Ala. ... Son of Chris and Julie Melendez ... Youngest of three children ... Began playing tennis at age 8 ... Enjoys ultimate frisbee and football ... Majoring in Business Administration.