MTEN Starts 2017 at No. 7

Jan. 5, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas – For the second straight season, the TCU men’s tennis team earned a top-10 Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranking to start the spring season while multiple players earned singles and doubles rankings in the national polls released this week.

Besides the top-10 team ranking of No. 7, the Horned Frogs had two players earn national singles rankings along with one doubles tandem. After a fall that saw him go 4-1, Guillermo Nuñez earned the highest singles ranking at No. 55. Senior Jerry Lopez wen 7-2 during the fall and is the other player ranked in the ITA poll and sits at No. 101. Both players are also ranked in the Texas region at No. 7 and 10, respectively.

Trevor Johnson and Reese Stalder round out the rankings for TCU at No. 11 overall in the doubles standings. The reigning ITA Texas Regional Champions in doubles posted eight wins in the fall and are sitting at No. 3 in the Texas region.

All-American Cameron Norrie, who was ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll in September, and sophomore Alex Rybakov were not ranked due to only playing in professional tournaments during the fall. Norrie won two Futures events, made the finals of the Aptos Challenger and is currently ranked No. 276 in the world in singles and No. 540 in doubles. Rybakov recently made the semifinals in singles and doubles at the Futures even in Pensacola, Fla., and made the finals in doubles at two Futures events in Italy. Rybakov sits at No. 937 in singles in the ATP rankings and No. 802 in doubles.

TCU will begin the 2017 spring season on the road by taking on Northwestern on Jan. 20 and Tulsa on Jan. 22. The home season at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center will begin on Jan. 28-29 as the Frogs host the ITA Kick-Off Weekend with Pacific, Utah State and Wichita State on hand to battle for a spot in the ITA National Indoor Team Championships from Feb. 16-19 in Charlottesville, Va.



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