Jan. 12, 2005
The Georgia Tech men’s tennis team heads to Puerto Rico Jan. 13-15 to compete in the Puerto Rico Invitational and begin the 2005 season. The tournament will feature four of the nation’s top teams, including No. 5 Illinois, No. 17 TCU, No. 28 California and the No. 35 Yellow Jackets. The round-robin event will not be counted as dual matches, but individual results will count. Georgia Tech will face each school in “hidden dual match” format, which includes singles and doubles matches each of the days of competition.
“This is a great tournament for us to compete in,” said head coach Kenny Thorne, who begins his seventh season at the helm of the Yellow Jackets. “The level of competition is going to be outstanding which will allow our young guys to go against the best competition right away and it also gives us a chance to be outdoors, which is important as we begin our dual match format.”
The Jackets are led this season by sophomores Jose Muguruza and Zachary Rath, both of whom posted strong results during the fall campaign. In addition, several freshman will be in the lineup this year, including Scott Blackmon, David North and Sukhwa Young, who joined the team in January.
“Our team more than anything just needs matches before we start the season and against this level of competition, we’ll find out in a hurry where we stand,” said Thorne.
All results will be available on www.ramblinwreck.com.
Schedule Thurs., Jan. 13 Georgia Tech vs. No. 28 California
Fri., Jan. 14 Georgia Tech vs. No. 17 TCU
Sat., Jan. 15 Georgia Tech vs. No. 5 Illinois