Men's Tennis Awaits Tough Competition at Key Biscayne Invitational

Jan. 7, 2009

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s tennis team will compete at the Key Biscayne Invitational this weekend, Jan. 9-11, for a final tune-up before beginning dual-match play. The Yellow Jackets will face No. 2 Texas, No. 16 Michigan and No. 23 Alabama at the three-day tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla.

“We are starting the season playing individual matches against three of the top teams in the nation,” head coach Kenny Thorne said. “We are excited to put our guys against this level of competition early on. We are also excited about getting some outdoor matches under our belt in early January.”

The Yellow Jackets posted a 54-40 singles record and a 16-19 doubles record during fall play, highlighted by sophomore Guillermo Gomez’ 13-3 singles record. Gomez, who currently ranks No. 14 in the country, won the consolation bracket at the 2008 ITA/ D’Novo All-American Championships in October.

Tech will open the four-team tournament with doubles play against Alabama Friday at 12:30 p.m., followed by singles play against Texas at 1:30 p.m.

“Texas was No. 2 in the nation last year and has a tough returning lineup,” Thorne added. “We are jumping head-first into our season and we will have to perform well to have success down in Key Biscayne. I know this team is excited about the competition and they expect to win.”

Complete results and a recap can be found at following the conclusion of each day.


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