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Alexandre Lacroix (left) and Antoine Benneteau

Thursday May 6, 2010Lacroix, Benneteau to Compete in NCAA Individual Championships

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Alexandre Lacroix (left) and Antoine Benneteau

Florida junior Alexandre Lacroix (Paris, France) and senior Antoine Benneteau (Boulogne-Billancourt, France) will represent the Gators in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Individual Championships held May 26-31 at the University of Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., the NCAA has announced.


Lacroix will receive the No. 8 overall seed in the 64-person singles draw. It is the second consecutive year that Lacroix has earned a spot in the singles championship, also making the field in 2009.


Lacroix and Benneteau also earned a spot in the doubles draw, which consists of 32 pairs, and a No. 5-8 seed for the tournament. Benneteau previously made the doubles field in 2009 with Joey Burkhardt (St. Augustine, Fla.), while it marks Lacroix’s first bid into the doubles championship.


Lacroix has paced Florida in singles during 2009-10 with a 32-9 record, a win total that is tied for eighth all-time in a single season in UF history. He has appeared at No. 1 singles in every dual match for the sixth-ranked Gators (19-4) and holds a 17-5 record at that position. He is 22-8 against ranked foes this year, including 2-1 against top-five opponents.


Benneteau and Lacroix have posted a 29-6 record in doubles action, putting them one win away from becoming just the second tandem in UF history to reach 30 wins together in a single season. The pair has appeared at No. 1 doubles in every dual match this season and holds a 17-5 record in that situation. They are 7-2 against ranked opponents.


The Gators have seen one doubles pair and two singles competitors earn individual national championships in program history. In 1993, Mark Merklein and David Blair scored the doubles title, and Merklein went on to add a singles championship in 1994. Jeff Morrison also won the singles crown in 1999.


Unlike the rest of the season, in which doubles matches are played in one set to eight games, scoring during the national championship tournament is best of three sets played to six games with a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all.


The individual event follows the conclusion of the team championship, which takes place at the University of Georgia on May 21-25. The Gator men are the sixth seed in the team championship and host NCAA Regionals May 15-16. They face South Carolina State at noon on May 15, with an opportunity to advance to the regional final against Auburn or Troy on May 16 at 2 p.m. The winners of this NCAA Regional along with 15 others across the nation will move on to the team championship in Athens.



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