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Thursday January 9, 2014Gators Open Spring at USTA Futures in Sunrise

Gainesville, Fla.

Freshman Elliott Orkin

The Florida men’s tennis team opens the spring season this weekend, competing in the USTA Futures event in Sunrise, Fla. The tournament is being played at the Sunrise Tennis Club, with singles qualifying beginning on Friday.

 

“We have the opportunity to play a professional event, which is a USTA Futures event,” said head coach Bryan Shelton.  “We tell our guys in recruiting that they’re going to have the opportunity to play in a pro event, and we’re fortunate to be in Florida where there are a lot of these events.

 

“It’s a good opportunity for our guys to play against some really good competition this first week and hopefully push our guys to get better over the next 4-5 days.”

 

The Gators have less than two weeks until they open the dual-match season, hosting North Florida on January 22. After this weekend’s Futures event, the team has one final individual competition, the Fighting Illini Invite in Fort Myers, to prepare for the 2014 dual season.

 

“We’re treating these first couple weeks like they’re camp weeks,” said Shelton. “We’re looking to get the guys sharp again before we start here at home in a couple of weeks against North Florida.”

 

This weekend’s tournament features some talented opponents. Many of the individuals are young professional players already competing on the pro circuit.

 

“The goal is to get down there, get some quality matches in,” Shelton said. “I think it’s going to good. It will be nice to get down in some warm weather, what Florida is all about, and get out there and compete. We’re going to use it to try and get us ready for January 22.”

 

Results for the Gator players will be posted on GatorZone.com when available at the conclusion of the day’s play.

 

 

USTA Futures (Sunrise, Fla.)

Sunrise Tennis Club

 

Singles Qualifying Draw

Friday, January 10

Spencer Newman (UF/USA) vs. Gabriel Carvajal (ECU)

Florent Diep (UF/FRA) vs. Jordan Belga (USA)

Diego Hidalgo (UF/ECU) vs. Oleg Dmitriev (RUS)

Elliott Orkin (UF/USA) vs. Juan Sebastian Osorio (COL)

Maxx Lipman (UF/USA) vs. Julian Allen Childers (USA)

 

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