FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team returns to the courts this week for the ITA Southeast Regionals in Tallahassee. The event kicks of on Thursday with two rounds of qualifying singles and a round of secondary singles and main draw doubles. The championship matches for singles and doubles will take place on Monday.
redshirt-junior Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) has automatically qualified for the main draw singles. The #123 player in the country is the #10 seed in the draw and will face Togan Tokac of Florida in the first round on Friday.
redshirt-juniors Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico/Penn Foster/Alabama) and Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/Miami Palmetto/Louisville) have also earned spots in the main draw as an at-large. Sepulveda will play Raul Garcia of Kennesaw State while Wilson will take on #2 seed
and 38th-ranked player in the country Dan Martin of Miami.
junior Eric Oncins (Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) and redshirt-juniors Juan Lopez (Gachancipa, Colombia/Colegio Virtual Siglio XXI) and Guglielmo Stefanacci (Prato, Italy/International School of Florence) will look to earn their way into the main draw as they will all play in qualifying on Thursday.
senior Max Damm (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School) and redshirt-senior Carter Bradford (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Saddlebrook Preparatory School/George Mason) will also be in action this weekend playing in the secondary single round robin event, Thursday-Saturday.
In doubles, four Eagles pairs will compete for the title – Damm/Johnson, Oncins/Wilson, Bradford/Lopez, and Stefanacci/Sepulveda. Doubles action will kick off on Thursday for three of the pairs while Damm and Johnson have a bye and will play on Friday.
Thursday, Oct. 20 Schedules
Singles Qualifying Draw
Juan Lopez (FGCU) etc. Quinn Snyder (UCF), 9 am
Guglielmo Stefanacci (FGCU) etc. Angel Guerrero (Georgia Tech), 9 am
Eric Oncins (FGCU) etc. Robert Bauer (Georgia Tech), 10:30 am
Secondary Singles Round Robin
Max Damm (FGCU) etc. Alexandre Hillhouse (Stetson), 2:30 p.m.
Carter Bradford (FGCU) etc. Filipe Costa (Georgia), 2:30 pm
Doubles Main Draw
Oncins/Wilson (FGCU) etc. Shokry/McDaniel (Georgia Tech), 5:30 pm
Stefanacci/Sepulveda (FGCU) etc. Chopra/Bauer (Georgia Tech), 5:30 pm
Bradford/Lopez (FGCU) etc. Stefanovic/Dini (Mercer), 6:30 pm
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