ATLANTA - The Georgia State men's tennis team will face fierce competition from the best players from Georgia and Florida this weekend at the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championship. The five day tournament will be hosted by Georgia Tech at the Ken Byers Tennis Center.
The Panthers have five players in the main draw and one in the qualifying draw for singles. The Panthers also has three doubles teams in the 32-team main draw.
One of 16 regionals being held this weekend around the country, the event begins with qualifying matches on Friday morning, Oct. 11. Freshman Valentin Horvat will compete in the singles qualifying draw. He will need to win two consecutive matches to qualify for the main draw.
Eric Baum, Thomas Cook, Robert Schulze, Sofiane Chevallier and Jannis Koeke will all compete in the main singles draw. The no. 58 duo in the nation, and No. 8 in the southeast region, of Schulze and Chevallier will be one of Georgia State's three doubles teams in the doubles main draw. Cook and Valentin will be another pair, as will Koeke and Baum.
The 64-player main singles draw and the 32-team doubles draw both begin Saturday morning, culminating with the championship matches in each draw Tuesday morning. The singles and doubles champions from each regional advance to play in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Nov. 7-10, in Flushing, N.Y.
"We are excited to be getting out to compete at the regional tournament and work on getting better as a team," head coach Joerg Barthel said. "The regional tournament is a great opportunity for our guys to play against the best teams from the states of Florida and Georgia."
Competition begins at 8 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and continues at 9 a.m. Monday and Tuesday on the outdoor courts at the Byers Tennis Complex, which is located on Fowler Street across from McCamish Pavilion, Tech's basketball arena. Admission is free.
The Southeast region comprises Division I schools in Georgia and Florida. Six players ranked among the top 125 in the fall ITA national rankings will be competing, as well as eight of the nation's top 60 doubles teams.
USTA/ITA SOUTHEAST REGIONAL
Ken Byers Tennis Complex, October 11-15, 2013
Friday, play begins at 8am - qualifying singles rounds of 32 and 16 (8 winners into main draw), round of 16 back draw
Saturday, play begins at 8am - main draw singles round of 64, doubles rounds of 32 and 16, back draw singles round of 32
Sunday, play begins at 8am - singles rounds of 32 and 16, quarterfinals in doubles
Monday, play begins at 9am - singles quarterfinals and semifinals, doubles semifinals
Tuesday, play begins at 9am - finals in singles and doubles