Men’s Tennis Central: #1 Tennessee vs. #10 Wake Forest

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – Highest-ranked Tennessee men’s tennis team is poised for a top-10 clash as it hosts the 10e-ranked Demon Deacons from Wake Forest Tuesday. First service is set at 1:00 PM ET at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.

Tuesday marks the 18e All-time meeting between Tennessee (3-0) and Wake Forest (7-0), and the first since 2017. The Vols lead the series with a record of 12-5.

Live stats are provided by UTsports.com and can be found here. Live streaming is available for free through Playsight and can be found here. The spectator tennis parking lot is located in SC40 near the Kingston Pike Building. Additional parking information can be found here.

LAST TIME OFF
Tennessee’s final game was a thrilling, 4-3 road win over the then fifth-ranked TCU on Sunday, January 16. Singles wins from sophomore John Monday, freshman Shunsuke Mitsui, graduated student Adam Walton and junior’s clinch point Angel Diazo earned the Vols the top-five triumph.

SCOUTING WAKEBOSS
With the Big Orange taking 12 of the 17 games between the two programs, the longest win streak in the series came in 1975 when UT defeated the Demon Deacons 12 straight times, a streak ranging from 1982-2014.

This year, Wake Forest will start with a 7-0 start to the doubles season, with each of those games coming home to Winston-Salem. It defeated Tennessee Tech twice in a season-opening doubleheader, along with wins over Coastal Carolina and Elon in a doubleheader and a third doubleheader sweep over Davidson and Gardner-Webb.

A win Tuesday would give the Vols their ninth 4-0 start in the past 10 seasons.

NUMBER ONE
When Tennessee goes into court on Tuesday, it will be the first time since March 19, 2011, in which they have done so as the nation’s No. 1 team. They hammered 7-0 in Arkansas that day to improve to 15-2 and 5-0 in conference action. Jarryd Chaplin, now the Associate Head Coach of Tennessee’s women’s tennis program, was a member of the Vols that season and was part of the squad from 2011-2014. The Vols finished the 2011 double season with a 24-5 record and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals.

BENEFIT OF THE HOME COURT
Since the start of the 2019 double season, the Vols have set a robust home record of 41-4. The Big Orange recorded 12 wins in 2019 and 2020, registered a 15-0 score at home in 2021 and are 2-0 in Knoxville to kick off the 2022 campaign, with each of those wins coming through ETSU.

TOP-10 BATTLE
After last week’s showdown with the No. 5 Horned Frogs, the Vols are ready for another top-10 battle in Wake Forest’s tenth-ranked Demon Deacons. Last season, UT took two victories in consecutive top-10 matchups, first at the ITA Indoor National Championships in Champaign, Illinois, beating the third-ranked TCU 4-3 and No. 5 Texas 4-2. on consecutive days. The Vols also defeated #8 Texas A&M 4-0 on April 11 and less than two weeks later best Florida 4-3 in the 2021 SEC Tournament Championship game. Overall, Tennessee had five top-10 wins in the 2021 spring season.

NEXT ONE
Tennessee’s next action will take place during the ITA Kickoff Weekend, this Friday and Saturday, January 28-29 at the Goodfriend Tennis Center in Knoxville. The Vols will face Old Dominion on Friday and Memphis or Western Michigan on Saturday. The team going 2-0 over the weekend will secure a spot in the ITA Indoor National Championships, scheduled for Feb. 18-21 in Seattle, Wash.

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