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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The 20th-ranked Tennessee men’s tennis team is back on Rocky Top this week for its SEC home opener against Vanderbilt on Thursday at noon ET.
 
Tennessee (9-5, 0-1 SEC) looks to reach double-digit victories on the season against the in-state Commodores at Barksdale Stadium.
 
Thursday’s match will be streamed live online via SEC Network+ and the ESPN app, with Cracked Racquets providing whiparound coverage. Live stats will be provided by UTsports.com and can be found here. Live streaming is available for free through Playsight here.
 
Admission is free and complimentary tennis parking is located in SC40 at the Kingston Pike Building. Additional parking information can be found here.
 
For outdoor matches at Barksdale Stadium this season, concessions and alcoholic beverages will be sold on the concourse, at the top of the grandstand behind court two. More information on Tennessee’s enhanced fan experience efforts can be found here.

LAST TIME OUT

Tennessee narrowly dropped its SEC opener on the road at No. 14 Auburn, 4-3.

SCOUTING VANDERBILT

Tennessee (9-5, 0-1 SEC) and Vanderbilt (5-7, 1-1 SEC) write the 92nd chapter of a nearly century-old in-state rivalry Thursday in Knoxville. The Big Orange lead the series, 67-24, dating to 1927. A win would mark Tennessee’s 12th win over the Commodores in the past 17 meetings and its fourth consecutive victory over Vandy. Vanderbilt is off to a 1-1 start to conference play, with a 4-2 win over Arkansas and a 4-0 loss to sixth-ranked South Carolina. The Commodores are 5-7 overall, with all five of those victories coming at home in Nashville.

 

Last season, the then-fifth-ranked Vols battled past Vanderbilt for a gutsy road win, taking the match, 4-3, behind a dramatic come-from-behind victory by Shunsuke Mitsui on court four to clinch the victory. After trailing by a set and a break, Mitsui executed a comeback and won a third-set tiebreaker.

 

VOLS IN THE RANKINGS

Singles

#7 – Johannus Monday

#62 – Emile Hudd

#120 – Shunsuke Mitsui

 

Doubles

#4 – Pat Harper/Johannus Monday

#50 – Emile Hudd/Shunsuke Mitsui

 

RANKED VOLS

• With the ITA’s March 7 update of its singles and doubles rankings, Tennessee has had either a top-10 singles acclaim or a top-10 doubles pair in 18 of the past 19 dual-season rankings updates, dating to March 24, 2021. This week, UT has a top-10 ranking in singles and doubles. Johannus Monday is ranked No. 7 in singles and the duo of Monday and graudate Pat Harper come in at No. 4 in doubles.

  

JO MOMENTUM

• Monday, a two-time ITA Singles All-American, is a combined 19-2 in dual singles and doubles matches this spring. At 9-1 in singles and 10-1 on the doubles courts this spring, 13 of those 19 total wins are at the No. 1 lineup spot (6-1 at No. 1 singles and 7-1 at No. 1 doubles). Monday is one of four players in the nation to currently be ranked inside the ITA’s top five in doubles and top 10 in singles.

WINNING IN THE 865

• Tennessee boasts a 48-5 (.906) record at home since the beginning of the 2020 dual season, including a 7-1 home mark in 2023.

 

HISTORY IN SIGHT 

• Harper, with 86 career overall doubles wins at Tennessee, is nine wins away from cracking the top-10 on the program’s all-time doubles wins list. Should he reach 100 career doubles wins by season’s end, he will become just the ninth Vol to ever do so.

 

DUBS DUBS

• Tennessee is 25-7 (.781) in dual doubles matches this spring. That winning percentage ranks second in the SEC behind only South Carolina’s 26-5 (.839) mark.

 

MILESTONE TRACKER

Angel Diaz is one doubles win away from his 40th career overall doubles victory.

Emile Hudd needs one singles victory to earn the 80th overall singles win of his career.

Boris Kozlov is one singles win shy of his 20th SEC singles victory of his career.

• With his singles victory at Auburn last week, Mitsui reached the 50-win threshold in overall singles wins for his career, along with his 30th career dual singles victory.

• Monday is one singles win away from earning the 50th dual singles victory of his career.

 

QUICK HITTERS

• The Vols are 7-0 this year when collecting a point at the No. 5 singles spot.

• UT has won the doubles point in 12 of its 14 matches this season.

• Six different Vols have clinched Tennessee’s nine wins this season, with Blaise Bicknell, Diaz and Hudd leading the team with two apiece. Martim Prata, Kozlov and Monday have each clinched one match each this year.

UP NEXT

Following Thursday’s action, Tennessee plays host to LSU Saturday at 1 p.m. ET at Barksdale Stadium.

 

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