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Badgers begin competition at the ITA Midwest Regionals on Thursday



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Oct. 14, 2013

2013 Midwest Regional Tennis Tournament Central

The Wisconsin men’s tennis team continues its fall season at the ITA Midwest Regional, Oct. 17-20, in Columbus, Ohio, with six players competing in the tournament.

Competing for the Badgers will be, senior Petr Satral, sophomores Jakhongir Jalalov, Alexander Kokorev, and Frederik Strabo, along with freshmen Elliott Sprecher and John Zordani.

Head coach Greg Van Emburgh has confidence in the two freshmen additions to the team this year.

“Both of our freshmen additions are great guys,” Van Emburgh said. “They’re hard workers and they’ve improved substantially in a short amount of time.  This week will be another opportunity for them to gain experience and use their match play experience at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic to gain confidence moving forward.”

The ITA Midwest Regional features players from 21 Division 1 Midwest schools competing in both singles and doubles play.

This weekend marks the second time on the court for the Badgers this fall. The team had a great first outing at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic in September, finishing with a combined singles and doubles record of 21-6 overall. Senior captain, Petr Satral finished the tournament undefeated in both singles and doubles play.

Fall Preview |ITA Midwest Regional
Date Thursday-Sunday, October 17-20
Location Columbus, Ohio. | Varsity Tennis Center | Racquet Club of Columbus 
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Brackets  Qualifier Singles | Main Draw Singles | Main Draw Doubles

Van Emburgh was pleased with his young team’s performance at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic and feels that they can compete at the ITA Midwest Regionals.

“The team played really well in the Milwaukee Tennis Classic,” Van Emburgh added. “Even though they haven’t played lately, they’ve been working really hard in practice and putting in time with our strength and conditioning coach.”

Unfortunately, the Badgers will be without the services of sophomore Oskar Wikberg, who will not be competing in the tournament due to a wrist injury sustained a couple of weeks ago.

“It’s unfortunate that Wikberg (Oskar) will be missing out on the tournament, but I think that all six of our players are going to be able to step up and play good tennis.”

Ohio State is hosting the tournament and play will be split between the on-campus Varsity Tennis Center and the Racquet Club of Columbus.

Wisconsin looks to continue its strong start to the season this weekend in Columbus, Ohio. The draws for the tournament will be released on Tuesday, October 15 and can be found on the Ohio State website along with tournament results.

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