Men’s tennis heads into NCAA rounds

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The No. 19 University of Florida men’s tennis team will travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to open the 2007 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship as the Gators will take on No. 46 Georgia Tech (7-15) in the first round on Friday, May 11, the NCAA announced Tuesday afternoon.

The winner of the contest will face either No. 16 Florida State (16-9) or Manhattan (12-6) in the second round on Saturday, May 12.

The match for Florida and Georgia Tech is set for 1 p.m. on May 11 and follows the Florida State-Manhattan match, which begins at 10 a.m.  The time for the second round match is to be announced.

“We are excited to have made the NCAA Tournament,” said UF head coach Andy Jackson. “It is something that is earned and is an honor. We know most of the players from Georgia Tech and the match will be a real challenge for both teams. It is certainly an advantage for us to play in the state of Florida and we are eager for our chance to play well.”

Sixteen teams were selected to host the NCAA First and Second rounds at on campus sites around the country. The winners of each of the regionals advance to Athens, Ga., for the NCAA Round of 16 and beyond. This season, the University of Georgia will host the men’s tournament from the Round of 16 through the championship with action getting underway on Thursday, May 17.

The season marks the 17th consecutive year that UF has received an NCAA Tournament bid. Last year, UF advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 for the fifth-straight season and the 13th time in the last 16 years.

The announcement of the participants for the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships will be held on Wednesday, May 2, with the names of the individuals posted to the NCAA web site (

A full team draw will be posted on when it is available.

Courtesy UF Sports Info.