WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men’s tennis team will end its fall season in the same place that it started two months ago, returning home for the annual Old Gold & Black Invite. The three-day event begins Friday inside the heated Schwartz Tennis Center and features 16 players from four programs.
Ball State, Butler and IUPUI – all of whom participated in the Boilermakers’ first fall invitational – rejoin Purdue for its round-robin style tournament. The home-team opens competition against the Jaguars in four singles matches at 5 p.m. ET followed by an additional four between the Cardinals and Bulldogs at 7 p.m.
Both the later two schools were well represented in the finals of the Purdue Invite back in September; Ball State claimed a pair of singles titles with Butler earning one. Boilermakers Renan Hanayama and Ali Mooraj each went 1-2 in the event, but look end their senior and freshman fall seasons on a high note, respectively, this weekend.
Sophomore Stephan Koenigsfest and freshman Maksymilian Raupuk round out Purdue’s four-man lineup, filling the top-two positions; Raupuk is making his first home debut. The duo both opened their fall seasons in singles at All-Americans and then played as a tandem in doubles at regionals. Head coach Pawel Gajdzik is keeping Koenigsfest and Raupuk together for the invite, as he looks to solidify his options for the spring. Hanayama and Mooraj will also compete together in doubles as they have all season.
Friday, Nov. 3
5 p.m. - Purdue vs. IUPUI singles
7 p.m. - Butler vs. Ball State singles
Saturday, Nov. 4
9 a.m. - Purdue vs. Butler singles
11 a.m. - IUPUI vs. Ball State singles
3 p.m. - Butler vs. IUPUI singles
5 p.m. - Purdue vs. Ball State singles
Sunday, Nov. 5
9 a.m. - Purdue vs. Ball State doubles, Butler vs. IUPUI doubles
10 a.m. - Purdue vs. Butler doubles, Ball State vs. IUPUI doubles
11 a.m. - Purdue vs. IUPUI doubles, Ball State vs. Butler doubles