TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama men’s tennis team showed well today on the first day of the Crimson Tide Fall Championships held at Varsity Tennis Courts, the Student Recreation Courts, and the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.
In singles action, Saketh Myneni came up big in his win over Georgia Tech’s Jose Muguruza. Myneni defeated Muguruza 6-2, 7-6(6) in the Stallings singles bracket. He will play Troy’s Benjamin Chomette Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Varsity Courts.
In the Namath singles bracket, Dan Buikema defeated Radford’s Mehdi Benhammou 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-3. He will take on Virginia Tech’s Yoann Re at 11:30 a.m. on the Varsity Courts.
Sammy Struyf also had an impressive day as he defeated Jacksonville University’s Jordi Ballester in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4 in the Stabler singles bracket. Struyf will play UT Martin’s Stephan Bruwer at 9 a.m. on the Varsity Courts.
In the Musso singles bracket both Trey Walston and Javier Bes recorded wins.
Walston defeated Georgia Southern’s Phillip Prins 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, while Bes recorded his first win of the fall over Jacksonville State’s Steffen Soloman 6-1; 6-2. Both Tide players will play at 10 a.m. on the Varsity courts. Walston will play JSU’s Chris Duke and Bes will take on Mississippi State’s Ryan Farlow.
Andrew Felsenthal also had a standout day in the Hannah singles bracket, defeating Troy’s Marko Zivkovic in straight sets 6-4, 6-1. Felsenthal challenges UAB’s John Hollimon in an early matchup at 9 a.m. on the Varsity Courts.
In the Red doubles bracket Buikema and Matt Thibaudeau dominated both of their opponents in today’s matchups. Their first victory came against North Carolina State’s Eric Turner and Christian Welte, as they deafeated the pair 8-3. Buikema and Thibaudeau’s second win of the day came in an 8-4 victory over Tennessee’s Matt Brewer and Chris Racz. The Alabama duo will take on Georgia State’s Anze Cevka and Nejc Podkrajsek in the semi-finals of the Red doubles bracket.
Myneni and Walston also found their way into the semi final rounds of the White doubles bracket. To get to the semi finals, Myneni and Walston defeated JSU’s Bernado Bachino and Eduardo Saratt 8-3 and Georgia Tech’s Scott Blackmon and Ryan Smith 8-5.
Felsenthal and Houssam Yassine are the third pair of Tide players to make it to the semi final round of the tournament in the Tide doubles bracket. The tandem defeated Georgia Tech’s George Gvelesiiani and Doug Kenny 8-1 before defeating Southern Mississippi’s Strate Krstevski and Markus Wessinghage 8-5.
The Tide returns to action tomorrow morning starting with the second and third round of singles followed by the third round of doubles. Play begins at 9 a.m.
For more information on the Crimson Tide Fall Championships, visit www.RollTide.com.