FORT MYERS, FL. – The FGCU men’s tennis team returns to courts for the ITA Southeast Regionals in Tallahassee this week. The event kicks off on Thursday with two qualifying rounds in singles and one round in runners-up singles and main draw doubles. The championship games in singles and doubles will take place on Monday.
Redshirt Junior Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) automatically qualified for Main Draw singles. The country’s No. 123 is No. 10 of the draw and meets Florida’s Togan Tokac in the first round on Friday.
Redshirt Juniors Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico/Penn Foster/Alabama) and Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/Miami Palmetto/Louisville) also earned a place in the main draw as an at-large. Sepulveda will play Kennesaw State’s Raul Garcia, while Wilson will play No. 2 seed and 38th in the country, Miami’s Dan Martin.
Junior Eric Oncins (Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) and Redshirt Juniors Juan Lopez (Gachancipa, Colombia/Colegio Virtual Siglio XXI) and Guglielmo Stefanacci (Prato, Italy/International School of Florence) will try to earn their way into the main draw as they all play in Thursday’s qualifiers.
Senior Max Damm (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School) and Redshirt Senior Carter Bradford (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Saddlebrook Preparatory School/George Mason) will also be in action this weekend, playing in the secondary singles round robin event Thursday through Saturday.
In doubles, four pairs of Eagles are fighting for the title – Damm/Johnson, Oncins/Wilson, Bradford/Lopez and Stefanacci/Sepulveda. Doubles action begins Thursday for three of the pairs, while Damm and Johnson have a bye and begin Friday.
Thursday October 20 schedule
Individual Qualification Draw
Juan Lopez (FGCU) v Quinn Snyder (UCF), 9 a.m
Guglielmo Stefanacci (FGCU) v Angel Guerrero (Georgia Tech), 9 a.m
Eric Oncins (FGCU) v Robert Bauer (Georgia Tech), 10:30 a.m
Secondary Singles Round Robin
Max Damm (FGCU) v Alexandre Hillhouse (Stetson), 2:30 p.m
Carter Bradford (FGCU) v Filipe Costa (Georgia), 2:30 p.m
Oncins/Wilson (FGCU) v Shokry/McDaniel (Georgia Tech), 5:30 p.m
Stefanacci/Sepulveda (FGCU) v Chopra/Bauer (Georgia Tech), 5:30 p.m
Bradford-Lopez (FGCU) against Stefanovic/Dini (Mercer), 6:30 p.m
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