Kentucky men’s tennis closes home schedule this weekend

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Nr. 12 The Kentucky Wildcats will host their last two regular season games at the Hilary J. Boone Center this weekend, and will host No. 5 Tennessee Volunteers on Friday at. 17 ET and No. 10 Georgia Bulldogs on Senior Day Sunday at. 13.00 ET.

Senior Day festivities begin five minutes before the match. Fans are encouraged to arrive around noon. 12.45 to see the ceremony.

Britain will have played in four straight matches against top-10 opponents by the end of the weekend, having played against No. 8 Virginia and No. 10 South Carolina last week.

Admission to all home games for Kentucky Tennis is free to the public. The doors to the Boone Tennis Complex open one hour before the start of each match.

Senior Day

Kentucky men’s tennis will honor its two student-athletes who are nearing the end of their collegiate tennis career as captains of five years Millen Hurrion and graduate students Francois Musitelli. While both have moved from other schools, their impact on the UK’s program has been immense.

Hurrion came to Lexington after competing on Gardner-Webb for his freshman and sophomore seasons. Hurricane-based Weymouth, England, was named the All-Big South First Team in both singles and doubles in its second season, with 14-3 in singles and 15-1 in doubles. The two-year-old captain currently holds an overall record of 70-35 in singles and 58-33 in doubles.

Hurrion chose the UK because the coaching staff and team culture align with his values ​​as an individual. Hurrion feels he was able to contribute to the program’s ambition and helped develop British men’s tennis into one of the best programs in the SEC. He will graduate in May with a degree in business management.

Musitelli came to the UK after stops at Grand Canyon University and Old Dominion, compiling a career record of 87-36 in singles along the way. As a rookie at the GCU, natives from Dijon in France were named the First Team All-Western Athletic Conference in singles. During his time at ODU, Musitelli came to the First Team All-Conference USA in doubles every three years, first team for singles twice and second team once.

The graduate student came to Kentucky to compete in the SEC and against the best teams in college and be pushed toward top players in practice. In 2019, Musitelli came to represent his home country and play for the French team in an international competition. In the autumn of 2023, he will receive a master’s degree in science of business administration and marketing.

#UKRising in the rankings

The Wildcats finished at No. 12 for the third week in a row after dropping close competitions. No. 16 Gabriel Diallo remains as the highest-ranked Kentucky player in singles with 3-1 in the last two weeks.

No. 30 Liam Draxl was the week’s highest rise in singles, jumping up 64 places after taking down two top-40 opponents. The reigning Intercollegiate Tennis Association Player of the Year is now 10-4 on the season, playing all of its matches in one place.

On the 84thth-ranked singles player, Joshua Lapadat, jumped up 11 places, now with the second most wins on the team in singles with 23-6. Rounding out the ranked British athletes in singles is No. 95 Musitelli with a record of 22-11. Nr. 56 Draxl and Hurrion remained in the doubles rankings despite not having played together in recent matches, but standing 5-2 together overall.

Scout of the volunteers

Tennessee remained at No. 5 after a 6-1 victory over No. 52 Arkansas on April 1 during this week’s singles match. The team stands at 17-5 (5-3 SEC), which previously topped as the best team in the country for five weeks this season.

The Volunteers have three players ranked in singles, all of whom are in the top 50. 5 Johannus Monday is their top-ranked player moving into the top five this week. No. 19 Emile Hudd and
Shunsuke Mitsui is the higher of the two tandems ranked in doubles, and stands at 20-8 together.

Tennessee is 5-1 on the road, including a 4-0 mark in SEC games.

Scouting the Bulldogs
Nr. 10 Georgia is currently second in the SEC standings, now with a 15-5 record overall and a 7-2 record in the conference. Last week, UGA went 2-0 in their matches against No. 24 Texas A&M and No. 43 Ole Miss, which swept them both in a 4-0 result.

Hamish Stewart leads the Bulldogs in singles as the highest-ranked player on the No. 11 team, including a 10-4 record in one spot. UGA’s ranked singles athletes round out, No. 56 Tristan McCormick, No. 64 Philip Henning and No. 97 Trent Bryde.

Georgia also has four appearances in the doubles rankings. Nr. 14 Bryde and Henning hold their top two places down with a record of 10-4, while No. 40 McCormick and Stewart stand with a record of 10-8 and a 6-5 on the field.

Last time out

The Wildcats went 0-2 last week after falling to No. 8 in Virginia and No. 10 in South Carolina in close matches.

Kentucky managed to win the double point against UVA after a dramatic finish by Draxl and Alexandre Leblanc. However, it was only Draxl who picked up a single win and took down No. 29, Inkai Montes 2-6, 6-2, 7-5.

Against South Carolina, Diallo, Lapadat and JJ Mercer picked up the three points for the UK as the team lost, 4-3.

Next

After the two games this week, Kentucky will play in its last two regular season games away from home.

The Wildcats travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to host No. 38 LSU on Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m. 18.00. Afterwards, Britain returns to the Rula Tennis Pavillion as Mississippi State No. 30 hosts the Wildcats again on Sunday, April 17, at 7 p.m. 14.00 The schools met earlier in Starkville, Mississippi, during the ITA Kickoff Weekend, where Kentucky won 4-2 on January 30th.

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– GO CAT –

For more information contact:
Ryan Cullinane (rrcu222@uky.edu) – (859) 257-8309

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