*DUE TO COLD TEMPERATURES, THE 4 P.M. TCU MEN'S TENNIS MATCH VS. UT-PAN AMERICAN HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE INDOOR TENNIS FACILITY AT THE BAYARD H. FRIEDMAN TENNIS CENTER*
Jan. 21, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU men's tennis team will kickoff the 2011 schedule with a doubleheader at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center Sunday. The Horned Frogs will first face UT Arlington at 11 a.m., followed by a 4 pm. matchup against UT-Pan American.
Admission is free and fans can enjoy free pizza, courtesy of Mama’s Pizza, while supplies last. The TCU men’s and women’s tennis programs will have free pizza at every home match in 2011. Visitors will also have the chance to win prizes between doubles and singles action from The Tavern Bar & Grill. TCU’s players and coaches will sign autographs after the conclusion of the match.
The Frogs into the 2011 season under first-year head coach David Roditi. One of the great players in TCU men’s tennis history, Roditi was a three-time doubles All-American during his collegiate career from 1992-96. He is the fifth head coach in 38 years of TCU tennis.
Roditi inherits a veteran TCU men's tennis team poised for one of its most successful seasons in recent memory. Five of the top six singles players from last year's Mountain West Conference Tournament championship squad return, including four Frogs who have earned all-conference honors at least once in their careers. Last season's team concluded its season in the NCAA tournament for the 19th time in the last 20 years.
TCU is led by a core of senior leadership in Emanuel Brighiu, Cameron Nash, Zach Nichols and Christopher Price. Rounding out the list of returners include juniors Paul Chappell and Slah Mbarek, followed by sophomores Santiago Centeno and Soren Goritzka. The Horned Frogs also have a new addition ready to contribute in junior transfer Daniel Sanchez.
UTA and UTPA come into the weekend ready to begin their 2011 campaigns as well. The three schools met at UTA to open the 2010 season and TCU returned home with a pair of wins. TCU boasts an all-time record of 17-1 and 7-1 against UTA and UTPA, respectively.
The Frogs will continue to open the 2011 slate at home, welcoming Texas A&M Corpus Christi to the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center Saturday, Jan. 29. First serve is set for 10 a.m.