Nov. 2, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Wisconsin men’s tennis team competed in their second to last event of the fall season at the Big Ten Fall Singles Championship last weekend. The tournament began on Thursday and the semifinal and final matches wrapped up on Monday. Alex Robles, Billy Bertha, Petr Satral and Alexander Teppert represented the Badgers.
Robles (Naples, Fla.) started off play strong, easily defeating Iowa’s White, 6-2, 6-3, in his first match of the tournament. Despite the early win, Michigan State’s Hulewicz was too much for the Badger freshman in the 6-4, 6-4 match to put Robles in the back draw bracket. Robles came back from his second round loss earning a 6-3, 6-1, win over Indiana’s Tasic, to match up against Michigan’s Shaun Bernstein. Bernstein finished off Robles’ play in the tournament in a 6-4, 6-3, match on Sunday afternoon.
Bertha and Teppert both had a shorter run in the Big Ten Championship, playing in two matches each. Bertha (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) earned a 6-3, 6-1 win over Penn State’s Chen in his first match of the tournament, but fell to Julian Dehn of Minnesota to end his play for the weekend in a 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, loss. Teppert (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) fell to Michigan State’s Lied, 6-3, 4-3 (retire), and then to Penn State’s Hasyn in back draw play.
Satral (Klatovy, Czech Republic) earned an early win over Michigan State’s Norvillee, but fell in his next match to Ohio State’s Uzawa, 6-3, 6-4, to send him to the back draw bracket.
Satral turned things around from his loss, defeating Iowa’s White, 6-2, 6-2 and Northwestern’s Jackman, 4-6, 6-3, 11-0. The Badger used that momentum for an easy 6-2, 6-1 win over Iowa’s Tomlins to take him to the back draw semi-finals on Monday where Minnesota's Phillip Arndt defeated Satral by default.
The four Badgers also paired up to compete in doubles action during the Big Ten Fall Championship with duos of Robles and Teppert and Satral and Bertha.
Robles and Teppert found success in their first match, taking on the Hawkeye pair of Zotov and Dunn. The Badgers earned the 8-2 win but fell to Northwestern’s Graves and Wolf, 8-1, to put them in the consolation bracket. Robles and Teppert fell in their next two consolation matches to end their weekend doubles play.
Satral and Bertha earned a first round win as well in an 8-4 match over Indiana’s Langer and Gruether. The Badgers used their early success to spark momentum in their game as they went on to defeat Cha and Bernstein of Michigan in an easy 8-3 win. The freshman/sophomore pair then faced a tougher challenge in Minnesota’s Dehn and Ruddock but came out on top in the close 9-8 (5) match. The win took the Badgers to a match against Franks and Rossi on Friday night. The Wolverines proved to be too much for Satral and Bertha as they ended their doubles play in an 8-6 match.
Wisconsin will wrap up its fall play this weekend by traveling to Flushing, N.Y., to compete in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships. Information about this weekend’s play will soon be available at UWBadgers.com.
UW Athletic Communications