The Florida Gators men’s tennis team hosts the ITA Kickoff Challenge Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the Gators match-up against the University of South Alabama at 2 p.m.
Like the Gators, South Alabama won their 2018 season opener 6-1; however, the Gators are a very different beast than Xavier University of Louisiana.
— Gators Men's Tennis (@GatorsMTN) January 24, 2018
Ingildsen Unhappy With Aggressive Play
In their opener against UCF, the Gators may have seemingly won by a landslide, but the sophomore leader of the team was not pleased. Johannes Ingildsen voiced his frustration with the aggressive play style used against their in-state opponent.
Ingildsen and his doubles partner Alfredo Perez came into the match ranked No. 1 duo in the country. However, that quickly changed as the two fell into an early 4-0 hole. Their attempt to battle back fell short as they lost 6-4. Fortunately, the Gators rallied around them as they swept the Knights the rest of the way.
The native from Cuba, Alfredo Perez, was not as critical of their performance, saying he believes they should learn from it and move on.
Florida has a lot of individually ranked players. With all of the individually ranked Gators, it’s easy to see why the team is sitting at no. 9. These rankings were released on November 15, but will be updated February 7.
- No. 7 – Johannes Ingildsen
- No. 8 – Alfredo Perez
- No. 39 – Durate Vale
- No. 1 – Alfredo Perez and Johannes Ingildsen
- No. 10 – Durate Vale and McClain Kessler
- No. 11 – Chase Perez-Blanco and Oliver Crawford
- No. 12 – Andy Andrade and Perez-Blanco
- No. 35 – Andy Andrade and McClain Kessler
01/27/18: Gators vs. University of South Alabama (2 p.m.)
1/28/18: Gators vs. USF or Pepperdine (TBA)