COLLEGE PARK, Ga. – In the first action of the fall season, the Tennessee State men’s tennis team put together an impressive showing with seven singles victories and one win in doubles during day one of the 15th annual HBCU Tennis Championships at the South Fulton Tennis Center on Thursday.
“It was a good first day,” TSU Head Coach Monroe Walker III said. “We have four men’s players in the quarterfinals. We had an impressive first day and hopefully tomorrow we can keep the momentum going.”
Set up as an individual tournament with three singles flights and two doubles flights, TSU posted a 7-2 mark in singles action to go with a 1-1 doubles record.
Competing in Flight A singles, sophomore Shashank Nautiyal defeated Hampton’s Miguel Suarez in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, in the round of 16 to advance to the quarterfinals.
Senior Daniel Bernal added a pair of victories in Flight B singles to stamp his ticket to the quarterfinals. Bernal downed North Carolina A&T’s Brett Cobert and Bluefield State’s Anthony Braem in consecutive rounds on Thursday.
Sophomore Grant Maddox and freshman Jorge Rodriguez both advanced to the quarterfinals of the Flight C singles bracket. Maddox opened the day with a three-set 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 comeback victory against Florida A&M’s Hema Hosona and defeated Hawkins Owens of Howard, 6-2, 7-6 in the second round. Rodriguez cruised to back-to-back two-set wins beginning with a 6-4, 7-5 win against Justin Hall from Bethune-Cookman. The rookie followed up with a 6-4, 6-2 victory against FAMU’s Jalen Evans in the round of 16.
The Tigers’ doubles victory came courtesy of Burton and Nautiyal at Flight B. The duo teamed up for a hard-fought 8-7 win over Guillermo Lopez and Platon Gud from Bluefield State.
Action in the tournament will continue tomorrow.
A Flight Singles
Round of 16 – Shashank Nautiyal (TSU) def. Miguel Suarez (Hampton), 6-2, 6-1
B Flight Singles
Round of 32 – Daniel Bernal (TSU) def. Brett Cobert (NCA&T), 6-3, 6-2
Round of 16 – Daniel Bernal (TSU) def. Anthony Braem (Bluefield St.), 6-0, 6-3
Round of 16 – Bach Tran (Shaw) def. Kyle Burton (TSU), 7-5, 6-2
C Flight Singles
Round of 32 – Grant Maddox (TSU) def. Hema Hosona (FAMU), 4-6, 6-3, 10-8
Round of 32 – Joshua McQueen (Hampton) def. Amir Daniel (TSU), 6-1, 6-1
Round of 32 – Jorge Rodriguez (TSU) def. Justin Hall (B-CU), 6-4, 7-5
Round of 16 – Grant Maddox (TSU) def. Hawkins Owens (Howard), 6-2, 7-6
Round of 16 – Jorge Rodriguez (TSU) def. Jalen Evans (FAMU), 6-4, 6-2
A Flight Doubles
Round of 16 – Espinoza/Jones (Howard) def. Bernal/Rodriguez (TSU), 8-3
B Flight Doubles
Round of 32 – Burton/Nautiyal (TSU) def. Lopez/Gud (Bluefield St.), 8-7