Oct. 8, 2009
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s men’s tennis team plays in its third tournament of the fall this weekend when eight Yellow Jackets participate in the Bulldog Scramble in Athens, Ga.
In the round-robin format, the Yellow Jackets will face players from Georgia, Clemson and Vanderbilt in singles and doubles sessions throughout the weekend. Head coach Kenny Thorne is sending senior Austin Roebuck, juniors Doug Kenny, Miguel Muguruza, Dean O’Brien and Ryan Smith, sophomore Dusan Miljevic and freshmen Magin Ortiga and Juan Spir.
Doubles play begins at 9 a.m. Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, followed by singles. Sessions Saturday and Sunday also begin at 9 a.m.
“This is a good format for getting in more matches against some very good competition,” said Thorne. “We didn’t have a great weekend last week with our singles, so we’re looking for some improvement this week.”
Spir, a Medellin, Columbia native who missed the Southern Intercollegiate Championships three weeks ago while completing recovery from spring shoulder surgery, played in two matches last weekend in the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational and is just now getting to full speed.
Ortiga, from Cartagina, Columbia, played only one match (a loss) at the SIC and lost his first-rounder at the Fall Invitational, but rallied to secure a pair of victories in consolation rounds.
Miljevic, from Novi Sad, Serbia, did not play last weekend but won all three of his matches at the SIC. Kenny, from Roswell, Ga., and Muguruza, from Wesley Chapel, Fla., each bring a 3-2 mark into this weekend’s action, while Roebuck, playing in his hometown of Athens, has a 3-3 slate.
Thorne, who continues to try different teams in doubles, will pair O’Brien and Spir, Smith and Muguruza, Miljevic and Ortiga, and Roebuck and Kenny. Only Roebuck and Kenny have played together this fall, winning their only match last weekend.