Men's Tennis 2018 Season Outlook
Colonials look to take back A-10 title
SERVING FIRST: The George Washington men's tennis team begins the 2018 season with a trip out west to California to take on four Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) opponents. The Colonials open their spring slate on Thursday in Los Angeles against UCLA at 10 a.m. PT. The squad will then take Friday off to travel up the coastline to San Francisco before facing a trio of teams over the weekend. The Buff and Blue will first take on the University of San Fransisco (10 a.m.) and Stanford (3p.m.) on Saturday before going head-to-head with Pacific at noon on Sunday.
FALL FLASHBACK: The Colonials had a successful fall season, competing in three tournaments against high-level programs. GW had its best tournament at the Joe Hunt Invitational, where seniors Chris Fletcher and Christos Hadjigeorgiou grabbed the A Flight Doubles title with a victory over fellow GW pair Jakub Behun and Chris Reynolds. Hadjigeorgiou also found success in the B Flight of singles competition, making it to the final match before falling, 6-3, 6-3, to take second-place.
2017 REWIND: GW put together a stellar 2017 season, finishing the year with a 17-7 overall record and a 2-1 mark in conference play. Despite falling in the semifinal round of the Atlantic 10 Championships, the Colonials closed the year with the most wins since the 2014 season.
WHO'S BACK: GW will look to its senior class to provide leadership both on and off the court this season. Chris Reynolds landed on the All-Conference First Team last season for the second time in his career after overcoming an injury in the fall to lead the team in spring singles victories with a 16-8 record. Christos Hadjigeorgiou will also play an important role in 2018 after going 4-1 against A-10 opponents last season and posting a 13-9 dual match record, primarily playing at the No. 2 slot. Also returning for the Colonials is Chris Fletcher, who earned All-Conference First Team honors after recording an overall 19-9 singles mark with a 15-5 spring match record competing at the Nos. 2-3 spots.
WHO'S NOT: GW will be tasked with replacing four-year A-10 All-Conference First Team member Julius Tverijonas. In 2017, Tverijonas led the Colonials with an overall 27-9 singles record, including a 15-5 solo mark at the No. 1 position in dual match play. The Siauliai, Lithuania, native won nine of his last 10 singles decisions and posted a 4-1 record against A-10 opponents. On the doubles court, Tverijonas owned a 22-8 overall record with a 15-5 spring mark, again playing at the top position. Tverijonas went on to compete in the Davis Cup in the fall, playing for Lithuania in the third round of Europe/Africa Zone Group II.
NEW FACES: The Colonials welcome two newcomers to the program this season, junior Amlan Sahoo and freshman Kaan Tuna. Tuna began playing on the ITF Pro Circuit in 2016 after winning the National U14 Doubles Champion Title and playing on the Tennis Europe and ITF Junior Tour, and enters the lineup after being a four-year varsity player and two-year captain at Enka School in Istanbul, Turkey. Sahoo joins the team as a walk on after playing competitively in high school.
ACHIEVING IN THE A10: GW will look to take back their A-10 crown after falling short last season. The Colonials had previously won three consecutive A-10 titles and have won five in the last seven years. GW will face a tough slate of non-conference opponents and test itself in hopes to reclaim the conference title in April.
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