Alabama Men’s Tennis Drops a Pair at All-Americans
TULSA, Okla. – Both senior Houssam Yassine and redshirt freshman Michael Davis had early exits from the D’Novo/ITA All-American Tennis Championships falling in the second round of the pre-qualifying draw on Saturday. The tournament is being held at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa.
“We didn’t fare as well as we would have liked to, but both Houssam and Michael played two good opponents,” said head coach Billy Pate. “We just haven’t gotten enough matches under our belt thus far, and we need to continue to put ourselves in competitive situations.”
Yassine faced Oklahoma freshman Costin Pavel where the Sooner rookie won the match 6-4, 6-1. Davis’ first set against Illinois State junior Matej Zlatkovic was close with the Redbird netter earning the 7-5 win, but he’d dominate in the second frame with a score of 6-1. Both Yassine and Davis had first-round byes on Saturday before seeing match action.
Senior Saketh Myneni will begin play in the main draw of singles on Thursday, Oct. 8. Other members of the Crimson Tide will travel to Cambridge, Mass. for the Harvard Fall Invitational which runs Friday, Oct. 9 through Sunday, Oct. 11.
Costin Pavel (OU) def. Houssam Yassine (UA) 6-4, 6-1
Matej Zlatkovic (ILL ST) def. Michael Davis (UA) 7-5, 6-1