MEN’S TENNIS READY TO COMPETE AT ITA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
AUBURN, Ala. - Nine members of the LSU men's tennis team will take part in the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships beginning Thursday at Auburn's Yarbrough Tennis Center.
Roger Anderson, Boris Arias, Olivier Borsos, Mark Bowtell, Joe Hill, Harrison Kennedy, Chris Simpson, Stefan Szacinski and Tam Trinh will compete in singles and doubles play at the regional.
"It's a good opportunity to see the improvements we have made since our last event," LSU head coach Jeff Brown said. "Everyone is pretty healthy, so it should be a good reflection of what they have done and some of the changes they have been able to put in to their games.
"We like the overall team attitude this fall and the hard work and conditioning on the court, so we would like to see some guys get some solid results out of this weekend. It will set us up for our last event next week and get us ready for the spring season."
Main draw singles and doubles begin play at 8:30 a.m. CT Thursday. Main draw singles and doubles will continue Friday, and consolation singles will begin Friday and run through Sunday.
Main draw singles and doubles will hold quarterfinal rounds Saturday with semifinal play on Sunday and the championship matches on Monday.
Simpson enters the championships with a 3-2 singles record. Anderson, Szacinski and Trinh are 1-1 in singles, while Borsos is 1-2, Kennedy is 0-1, and Arias and Hill are 0-2.
The tournament is the first action for Bowtell since last year's regional championships. He was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome in January and has spent the last 10 months rehabilitating from the disorder. Doctors cleared Bowtell, a redshirt senior, to play earlier in the week.
Check back later for complete singles and doubles competition draws.
USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships
Auburn, Ala. - Yarbrough Tennis Center
Oct. 18 - Main Draw Singles & Doubles First/Second Rounds
Oct. 19 - Main Draw Singles & Doubles Second/Third Rounds; Consolation Singles begins
Oct. 20 - Main Draw Singles Quarterfinals & Doubles Third Round/Quarterfinals; Consolation Singles continues
Oct. 21 - Main Draw Singles & Doubles Semifinals; Singles Consolation Championship
Oct. 22 - Main Draw Singles & Doubles Championship