The University of Florida men’s tennis team will host their only fall tournament of the season this weekend: the +1 Tournament.
The Gators welcome nine teams including: University of North Florida, Louisville, Wake Forrest, South Carolina, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Tulane, and Mississippi State.
The tournament starts at 9 a.m. on Friday, September 22 and concludes Sunday, September 24.
The Gator Ranked +1 tournament will feature some of the top talent. Sixteen players ranked in the International Tennis Association top 125 will be in attendance. Including five players ranked inside the top 50.
Head Coach Bryan Shelton said this is a great opportunity to raise their level of play. “Our goal is to make the most out of each match and improve in multiple ways throughout both tournaments.”
Who’s ranked for Florida:
No.7- Alfredo Perez
No. 59- Johannes Ingildsen
No.88- McClain Kessler
No.105-Chase Perez- Blanco
What does a Ranked +1 mean?
Any team in attendance can bring any of their student- athletes ranked inside of the ITA top 125. For every ranked player they bring they are allowed one additional entry from their team who is not ranked.
Friday, September 22: Two singles rounds with 16 matches per round and one doubles round with eight matches.
Saturday, September 23: One singles round with 16 matches and two doubles rounds with eight matches per round.
Sunday, September 24: One singles round with 16 matches.
Friday starts off at 10:30 a.m. with Johnannes Inglidsen verses Luis Erienbush (TUL) on court 3, Alfredo Perez verses Yuval Solomon (WF) on court 1, Chase Perez- Blanco verses Scott Jones (Tenn) on court 6,
Ivy Plus Invitational
The Gators ranked +1 is not the only tournament for the men’s tennis team. Stephen Madonia, Andy Andrade and Jordan Belga are traveling to Princeton, N.J to compete in the Ivy- Plus Invitational. The tournament also starts Friday, September 22 and finishes September 24.
The Gators will be joined by: Baylor, Brown, Buffalo, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Monmouth, UNC Asheville, Penn, Penn State, Princeton, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and Yale.
The match also starts at 9 a.m. with two rounds of doubles and a round of singles. On Saturday, there will be two rounds of single matches starting at 8:30 a.m. and on Sunday they will hold the final round of doubles at 8:30 a.m.
Friday starts off with Stephen Madonia at 1:00 p.m. against Columbia’s Jack Mingjie Lin, Jordan Belga against Daniel Grunberger of Cornell at 1:00 p.m., and Andres Andrade at 3:00 p.m. against Princeton’s Jimmy Wasserman.
Coach Shelton is very appreciative of the invitation to compete at Princeton this weekend. He also wants to thank Coach Tanner Stump and Kate Harte for setting up the Gators tournament this weekend. “We want all the participating teams that are visiting to feel that this is a very special event.”