Friday January 3, 2014Gators Open Spring Ranked No. 15 in ITA Men's Team Rankings
The Florida menís tennis team will open the 2014 season ranked No. 15, according to the initial ITA Menís National Team Rankings released on Thursday. In addition, the Gators have five singles players and four doubles tandems ranked heading into the spring season.
Senior Stephane Piro beat three ranked opponents during the fall season, including two in the top 25, and enters the spring ranked No. 28 in the singles rankings. Freshman Elliott Orkin posted a 13-4 record in his first collegiate action during the fall and entered the rankings for the first time at No. 53.
Freshman Maxx Lipman (No. 109), sophomore Gordon Watson (No. 111) and senior Michael Alford (No. 116) are also ranked in singles.
In doubles, Orkin and Watson totaled 12 wins in the fall season and made appearances in the main draw at both the ITA All-American Championships and USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships. They will be ranked No. 13 in doubles to start the spring season.
Senior Florent Diep and Piro paired together to win the Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic doubles title in November and enter the rankings at No. 34.
In addition, Alford and Diep are rated as the No. 43 doubles tandem while Lipman and Piro rank No. 45.
The Gators spring season begins with two final individual events, the USTA Futures on January 10-15 in Plantation, Fla., and the Fighting Illini Invite in Fort Myers, Fla., from January 17-19. Floridaís first dual match of the 2014 season is scheduled for Wednesday, January 22, at 3 p.m. in Gainesville at the Ring Tennis Complex.
2014 ITA National Rankings
January 2, 2014
#28 Stephane Piro
#53 Elliott Orkin
#109 Maxx Lipman
#111 Gordon Watson
#116 Michael Alford
#13 Elliot Orkin/Gordon Watson
#34 Florent Diep/Stephane Piro
#43 Michael Alford/Florent Diep
#45 Maxx Lipman/Stephane Piro