ATLANTA (oct. 12) — With very competitive singles and doubles fields, Georgia Tech’s men’s tennis team hosts the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational this Saturday through Monday at the Bill Moore Tennis Center as players from 11 different schools including Clemson, Georgia, NC State and Virginia will compete in three different singles and doubles divisions.
“This type of format is a good opportunity to see how guys stack up against guys who play higher in the lineup on other teams,” said Tech head coach Kenny Thorne. “With the different divisions, you could have a No. 1 player play against a No. 4 player. This format gives some of the guys who play lower in the lineup to make a name for themselves and compete against some players that they normally wouldn’t get a chance to play.”
The tournament will be the second of the fall for the Jackets, who competed two weeks ago at the Clemson Fall Classic.
“We had some success at Clemson,” Thorne said. “Now we should be a little bit better in our match play and in better shape mentally and physically. As the fall goes on, you look for guys to start coming around, competing and winning matches.”
At Clemson, junior Romain Coirault (Paris, France) won the flight 1 singles title, while fellow junior Sergio Aguirre (Atlanta, Ga.) captured the No. 5 singles flight. Coirault and Aguirre are both players Thorne is looking to step up this season.
“Romain has the ablility to come on,” Thorne said. “I don’t think he played his best tennis at Clemson, but he was still able to win and that says a lot. Anybody can win when they’re playing their best. Sergio had some tough matches at Clemson, but played well throughout the tournament. It was good to see him come out and play with some consistency.”