WACO, Texas – The Purdue men’s tennis team prepares for its first dual away from the team’s home courts Saturday, taking on No. 21 Florida State in the 2018 ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The Seminoles also stand as the Boilermakers’ first ranked opponent of the spring season. Opening serve is scheduled for noon ET at the Hurd Tennis Center.
The annual ITA Kick-Off Weekend is a national event involving 60 programs competing in tournaments at 15 host schools. Purdue elected to travel to Baylor this season, head coach Pawel Gajdzik’s alma mater, during the live draft back in June. In 2017, the Boilermakers visited Georgia, losing to the No. 5 Bulldogs and fellow SEC school Alabama.
The Boilermakers enter the tournament 2-2 after splitting both their home doubleheaders to open the season. In those four matches, Gergely Madarasz asserted himself as Purdue’s top player, posting a 4-0 record in both singles and doubles on courts one and two. Last Saturday against Louisville, the senior knocked off the No. 6 doubles team in the nation with partner Athell Bennet and went on to defeat No. 75 Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff in singles.
On Florida State
The No. 21 Seminoles are unbeaten in 2018, boasting an 8-0 record behind the efforts of three nationally ranked singles players – two in the top 25. No. 22 Guy Iradukunda and No. 24 Lucas Poullain are perfect so far on courts one, two and three. The Seminoles also pack a top 10 doubles tandem in No. 8 Jose Gracia and partner Poullain.
From Coach Gajdzik
“We’re very excited to be back in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend,” Gjadzik said. “It’s a great event with two great opportunities against nationally ranked teams.
“Our guys have been preparing very hard for this weekend. We had a strong week of practice with the team, and they are all very excited for this opportunity.”