Three home games this week for men’s tennis

Auburn men’s tennis is hosting three indoor non-conference matches this week at the Yarbrough Tennis Center in Auburn.

On Wednesday, the 2-0 Tigers will host Old Dominion (1-0) in an afternoon game; this game was originally supposed to be played in Norfolk last weekend, but winter weather moved it to Auburn. The Monarchs play in Tennessee on Friday.

On Saturday, Auburn will entertain Indiana (2-0) at 3 PM and Sunday, the Tigers will host Wisconsin (2-0) in a 1 PM game.

“We had to think about playing three games in five days, but in the end we came to the decision to flip, with Old Dominion coming here this year, and we’ll be making the trip back next year,” head coach Auburn Bobby Reynolds said.

“It’s a lot of games for a week, but our guys are ready. We’re going to have a lot of moments in the spring where you have to play so many games in a short time, like with Blue-Gray where you play three games in two days. Yes, it’s going to be tough, but it’s also nice to be able to do it here at Yarbrough.

“Of course we have to be ready for Wednesday because that’s our next game. But you also have to be ready for Indiana and Wisconsin lurking two days later, those are tough teams that will be here on fresher legs ready to to fight.

“I have a good idea of ​​what we’re going to release on Wednesday, that this is our singles lineup, this is our doubles lineup. If all goes well and the guys come back Thursday and Friday feeling healthy and ready to go again, we most likely stay with the same lineup, maybe we’ll change a few places up or down if we see fit, maybe with a matchup – but I want the guys to have the mentality of ‘I’m going in there to play three games instead to play.”

The ITA’s latest national ranking lists three Tigers in singles: Tyler Sticke (47), Tad Maclean (56) and Jan Galka (59). Stice was an NCAA singles qualifier last season, and Maclean came in second at last fall’s ITA Southern Regionals and advanced to the fall national championships. In doubles, NCAA runners-up Maclean and Find Murgett return and Stice and Galka are ranked No. 28.

Old Dominion has two ranked singles players – Francois Le Tallec (64) and Younes Lalami (91) – and the number 29 doubles in Luca Maldoner and Nicola Vidal.

Vanderbilt is also in town this weekend; the Commodores play Saturday at 11 a.m. in Wisconsin and take it on Sunday at 9 a.m. in Indiana at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.

All home tennis action in Auburn is at the Yarbrough Tennis Center (1717 Richland Road, Auburn) and entry is free. Auburn has a mask policy that is currently in effect across campus.

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