KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - After an impressive regular season last spring, the Purdue men’s tennis has struggled to find success on the court in its first three fall tournaments. Collectively, the Boilermakers were 3-7 in singles and 2-4 in doubles entering this week’s ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships. Those figures include 1-3 and 0-1 records, respectively, from Purdue’s last outing at All-Americans in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Thursday, four Boilermakers combined for just a 1-3 showing in singles and 1-1 mark in doubles during the first rounds at the Goodfriend Tennis Center and Knoxville Racquet Club.
Senior Renan Hanayama and freshman Ali Mooraj were both defeated in their opening matches. Hanayama lost to 18-seed Keivon Tabrizi of Indiana 6-0, 6-0, while Mooraj was defeated by Lipscombs’ Alejandro Manzanares 6-1, 6-0. Each player started the season 1-2 at the Purdue Fall Invitational.
Purdue’s second freshman, Maksymilian Raupuk, also dropped his first match of the tournament 6-4, 6-1 to Brandon Lancaster of Louisville. The Boilermaker began his collegiate career at All-Americans, first losing to Andrea Caligiana of Wichita State 6-4, 6-4 and then defeating Juan Araoz of Temple 6-3, 6-4 to secure his first victory.
Stephan Koenigsfest – the only other player competing this week who also played at All-Americans – earned Purdue its sole singles win of the first round. The sophomore defeated Nic Castaldo of Eastern Kentucky 6-1, 6-3 to move to 1-1 on the season. Koenigsfest’s opening appearance this season was shortened by a 6-1, 6-4 first round loss to Razvan Grigorescu of Nebraska and rain.
In doubles, Hanayama and Mooraj began the day with a convincing 8-4 win over fellow Colonels Ramon Van Flymen and Guillem Sanchis, but Koenigsfest and Raupuk were unable to match their teammates’ success. The pair lost 8-2 to seven-seed Jan Pallares and Felix Rauch of Memphis.
Gergely Madarasz, who left All-Americans 0-1 in singles and 0-1 in doubles with partner Koenigsfest, did not travel with the team along with sophomore Athell Bennett and junior Dominik Sochurek. The later two have yet to make their 2017-18 debut.
For complete draws, results and updates throughout the remainder of the tournament, visit the championships central page on UTSports.com.