The Florida men’s tennis team won seven of eight singles matches to open its final event of the fall season on Friday. The Gators rode their momentum from their previous two events to a strong outing on day one of the Southern Intercollegiate Championships.
Florida, which was 39-7 in singles coming into the week, played seven singles matches against the Auburn Tigers and a match against a player from Georgia. Captains Duarte Vale and Sam Riffice claimed victory in straight sets, and Blaise Bicknell won the match against the Bulldogs.
The Gators’ doubles performance, which has yet to reach the same heights as singles this season, once again got off to a slow start. While Vale and Riffice teamed to deliver another point —as did Will Grant and Lukas Greif — the Gators went 3-2 in doubles.
The slow starts in doubles have become a bad trend for the Gators, as they are 5-8 on the opening day of tournaments in doubles matches so far this fall. However, there is hope for the rest of the week, as the team has bounced back to be 8-4 in this format on the second and third days of previous competitions.
The Gators will face Georgia Saturday, in what will clearly be the most important event in that rivalry of the day, tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET.
The University Athletic Associated originally reported that the Gators went 2-3 in doubles. Since then, they've published a correction, saying the Gators went 3-2 in doubles, which The Alligator has made here as well.
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Sophomore Blaise Bicknell won a singles match against Georgia on Friday at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships.
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