Nov. 6, 2014
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech will send five players from its men’s tennis team to compete in the Yellow Jackets’ final event of the fall schedule, the Bulldog Scramble Friday through Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
It is the third trip to Athens this fall for the Jackets for this annual event, in which eight teams will compete in a round-robin format in singles and doubles. Each day’s schedule features one round of doubles beginning at 9 a.m. followed by a round of singles, and another round of singles beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Tech, Georgia, Georgia State, Kentucky, Louisville, Oklahoma and South Carolina will have players in the competition. As with most fall events, there will be no-ad scoring in singles and doubles, and a tiebreaker at 7-all in doubles.
Head coach Kenny Thorne will send junior Nathan Rakitt (Marietta, Ga.), sophomore Carlos Benito (Madrid, Spain) and freshmen Christopher Eubanks (Atlanta, Ga.), Elijah Melendez (Suwanee, Ga.) and Daniel Yun (Marietta, Ga.).
“This is our last tournament of the fall and will give our guys four singles matches and three doubles matches over the weekend,” said Thorne. “It is a good time to work to work out anything before our team competition begins. We have gotten better throughout the fall and we are looking to continue that trend.”
Eubanks has enjoyed a solid fall campaign for the Jackets with a 7-3 singles record and the championship of the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational in both singles and doubles. Benito is 7-6 in singles and is coming off the doubles title with Eduardo Segura at last weekend’s USTA Clay Court Invitational. Rakitt is just 1-3 this fall but owns the team’s only win over a ranked opponent. Melendez is 5-5 this fall, and Yun is 2-6.
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