LSU men’s tennis team begins play Thursday in the ITA Southern Regionals

LSU men’s tennis team and 14 other college squads open play Thursday in the six-day ITA Southern Regionals, a qualifier for the Oracle/ITA National Fall Championships, at the Yarbrough Tennis Center in Auburn, Alabama.

The Tigers and fellow SEC schools Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi State and Ole Miss join Alabama State, Alcorn State, Jacksonville State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Samford, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Troy, Tulane, and UAB.

LSU’s Gabriel Diaz Freire, Joao Graca, Vlad Lobak, Ben Koch, and Nick Watson will begin in the qualifying round, while Boris Kozlov will start in the main draw.

Doubles pairings for the Tigers will be Koch and Graca, Watson and Kozlov, and Diaz Friere and Lobak.

The singles finalists and doubles champions advance to the ITA National Fall Championships in San Diego, Calif., in November.

In 2019, former Tigers Daniel Moreno and Joey Thomas took home the ITA Southern Regionals Doubles Crown.

Action begins Thursday morning in the qualifying singles bracket, with main draw action beginning Saturday and the finals set for Tuesday.

Schedule

Thursday: 2 rounds qualifying singles

Friday: Final round qualifying singles (AM), 1st round of doubles (PM)

Saturday: Doubles round of 32 and round of 16 (AM), 1 round main draw singles (PM)

Sunday: Doubles quarterfinals, singles quarterfinals

Monday: Doubles semifinals, singles semifinals

Tuesday: Singles and doubles finals

Thursday Draw

Ben Koch (LSU) v. Antoine Audain (Southern Mississippi) | 9:00 a.m.

Vlad Lobak (7) (LSU) v. Oriol Fillat Gimenez (ULL) | 1:00 p.m.

Nick Watson (31) (LSU) v. TBD | 1:30 p.m.

Joao Graca (5) (LSU) v. TBD | 2:00 p.m.

Gabriel Diaz Freire (3) (LSU) v. Jackson Ross (Auburn) | 2:30 p.m.

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