Tallahassee, FL – It has been 10 months since the FSU men’s tennis team was last out on the courts playing a match. With the cancellation of the spring 2020 season and the fall 2021 season, the men had a long wait to get back to competition, but it didn’t look like they’d lost a step Sunday. FSU opened up their spring schedule with two impressive wins, downing UNF 5-0 to start the day and wrapping up with a 7-0 win over Mercer in the afternoon.
“I think this is the longest stretch I’ve ever coached without playing a match,” said Seminole Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist. “It’s been 10 months. I think for our guys, it was a bit hard for them since we didn’t play any collegiate matches in the fall. It was good to be out here, good to be playing two matches. I thought you could tell some of our guys haven’t played as much competition; therefore, it may be a little harder to stay focused and on task. I was pleased.
“I always like it when we don’t drop any matches like we did today. We dropped the third doubles this afternoon but still got the point. Playing two matches allowed us to play several people because we have a bunch of guys injured. One of this team’s strengths is we can play a lot of people, and they are all good. It is good to get off to a 2-0 start.”
Loris Pourroy led the way for the Seminoles from the No. 1 spot going 3-0 in singles and doubles on the day. The redshirt freshman from France wasn’t alone in starting the season undefeated. Senior Marcus Walters won all three of his matches as well.
“Loris played great all day, as did Marcus. I thought Marcus played really well,” said Hultquist.
Sophomore Andreja Petrovic had an impressive Seminole debut. The Oslo, Norway native won both his singles matches and both clinched the victories. Petrovic won by scores of 6-2, 6-3 this morning playing on court four and then moved up to court three in the afternoon and won again without dropping a set 6-0, 6-3.
“Andy is a newcomer and to get two wins and two clinching points, is really good for him,” said Hultquist.
The Seminoles will continue their 2021 season with two matches this week. The Noles will host USA Friday at 3:00 p.m. at Speicher and then go on the road for one of just two out of conference away match of the season versus Georgia.
“We have a busy weekend next week,” said Hultquist. “We have South Alabama Friday, and then we travel to play a top team in Athens versus Georgia.”
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