Eighth-ranked Bulldogs begin season at UCF

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ATHEN, Ga. – The 8th-ranked University of Georgia men’s tennis team will raise the curtain on its 68th competitive season when the Bulldogs play 11th-ranked UCF in Lake Nona, Fla. on Monday.

Game time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET on the USTA National Campus.

UCF — the defending American Athletic Conference champions — are bringing back five players from last year’s roster, including All-American doubles duo Trey Hilderbrand and Bogdan Pavel. Hilderbrand entered the fall season ranked 16th in singles.

Monday’s competition begins with another challenge for the Bulldogs, who will play nine teams ranked in the top-25 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in the 2022 dual-match season. Georgia’s first home game will take place during the ITA Kick-off weekend on January 30-31.

The Bulldogs enter this 2022 doubles season after an impressive run to the NCAA Quarterfinals last year. Georgia defeated No. 6 North Carolina in a 4-3 thriller to end the 2021 season with a 17-7 record and third place in the SEC standings. The Bulldogs finished the year with 11 wins in their last 14 games.

Beginning his 34th season under the legendary Hall of Fame head coach Manuel Diaz, Georgia is ready to make another run. The SEC’s most successful coach has led the Bulldogs to 28 conference titles and four NCAA national championships in 33 years at the helm.

Diaz returns with a talented roster that includes the four-time All-American Trient Bryde und 2020 All-American Philip Hennig. The Bulldogs also added talented transfers Tristan McCormick and Hamish Stewart, who enter the year at number 47 in doubles.

Henning leads the pack in 23rd in singles, while Stewart is 32nd. Bryde and Henning lead Georgia in 21st in doubles.

Fans can follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (@UGATennis) and Instagram (@ugatennis) throughout the season.



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