WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men's tennis team released its fall schedule Thursday, featuring six tournaments spanning from the Midwest to the west coast, with the first beginning Friday.
The Boilermakers will open their fall season at home in the program's eighth annual Purdue Fall Invitational. This year's event features over 100 players from 14 different schools, including Ball State, Bucknell, Butler, Illinois State, IUPUI and Marquette.
"I know our players are eager to get out and compete again," head coach Pawel Gajdzik said. "Last season, Athell had a strong showing at this tournament in his college debut, and we're confident Ali will make a similar mark.
Competing early on at home really helps a young player transition into college tennis. It also gives our team a quick advantage at the start of the season - something we hope to carry through the remainder of the fall."
Fellow newcomer Maksymilian Raupuk is slated to make his first collegiate appearance Sept. 30 at the reputable ITA Men's All-American Championships. The freshman will compete in the pre-qualifying draw along with Bennett and sophomore Stephan Koenigfest.
Gergely Madarasz, who went on a six-match win streak in doubles at the tournament last season, will begin in the qualifying draw Oct. 2. His historic effort alongside former Boilermaker Ricky Medinilla lifted the pair to No. 4 in the nation - a program best.
Results from both All-Americans and the Purdue Fall Invitational will greatly influence the seeding of the Boilermakers' remaining fall tournaments. Currently, Purdue expects to compete in the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships Oct. 19-23, the Big Ten Singles Championship Oct. 27-30 and the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships Nov. 1-5.
Purdue will complete is fall season where it started when the team hosts the Old Gold & Black classic Nov. 3-5 inside the Schwartz Tennis Center.
"We've organized this season's fall schedule to really test our players," Gajdzik said. "We focus on developing players and preparing them for the next level and you can only do that if you play the best competition out there. We're excited to face the nation's top players at All-Americans, Big Tens and the Oracle."