SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah men’s tennis team gets the fall season underway today with the squad splitting up and traveling to Costa Mesa, California and Bozeman, Montana.
Freddie McGeehan, Parker McGuiness, and Dan Little will participate in the ITF USA F27 Futures in Costa Mesa, California where they will compete against players at the professional level. McGuiness, last year’s team MVP, will kick off the 2015/2016 campaign with a match at 11.00am against Isaiah Strode (USA). McGeehan will follow with against Kaptan Kaster (USA) in a match scheduled not before 12.30pm, while freshman Dan Little will have the toughest draw, facing Bulgarian veteran and 8th seeded Boris Bakalov.
The rest of the team will be heading up to Montana to compete in the Bobcat Invitational. It will be an exciting first outing for the Utes as the new addition to the team Egbert “Eggie” Weverink will pair up with Matt Cowley. The duo is ranked No. 59 in the ITA National Pre-Season rankings.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized in the preseason rankings,” stated head coach Roeland Brateanu. “Eggie and Matt have tremendous upside in doubles and we look forward to improving on this ranking.”
In this tournament, the Ute tandem will be the No. 1 seed in the doubles draw. Weverink will also be seeded No. 1 in the singles draw with Cowley being seeded No. 2 in the singles draw. Along with Cowley and Weverink, the team will have Johan Jonhagen, Santiago Sierra, Jamey Swiggart, and Louis-Philippe Gascon participating in this event.
“We are excited to get the 2015/2016 season underway,” Brateanu added. “We have a young, but super talented team this year and I’m excited to see what we can do.”