Sept. 11, 2013
• 2013-14 Men's Tennis Prospectus
• 2013-14 Printable Schedule
MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin men's tennis team kicks off fall play at the 38th Annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic beginning on Friday in Fox Point, Wis.
The Badgers return to the Classic after an impressive 20-8 showing last year. Senior Petr Satral and sophomore Oskar Wikberg are following up on an undefeated performance at doubles a year ago.
The tournament features singles and doubles matches between Wisconsin, Marquette, Air Force and Ball State throughout the weekend. The Badgers begin play on Friday at 9 a.m. with a men's singles match against Air Force. The tournament will be played at the historic Town Club for its fourth year of play on clay courts.
"With us returning just one senior and having a bunch of sophomores and freshmen," assistant coach Joe Bates said. "Playing on the clay courts will slow the points down and allow for our newcomers to get a solid feel for their first matches at the collegiate level."
Freshmen Elliott Sprecher and John Zordani will get their first taste of action this weekend. The non-conference opponents will serve as an introductory to conference play for the new members of the roster.
In addition to senior Petr Satral, the Badgers also return four sophomores that all saw action last season. Satral, along with sophomore Oskar Wikberg have been named captains for the 2013-14 season.
Jakhongir Jalalov is poised to have a strong sophomore season after a promising freshmen debut. Jalalov won the Newcomer of the Year award at the 2012-13 year-end banquet after tallying an 11-11 record. As a doubles pair, Jalalov and Wikberg led the team last season with a 10-5 mark.
The fall schedule also includes a trip to ITA Regionals in mid-October as well as the Big Ten Singles tournament during the first week of November.
"We're looking forward to the fall season," head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. "We'll use this as a preparatory time for the spring season and Big Ten play."