Men’s Tennis Announces 2021 Non-Conference Slate
TEMPE - The first portion of the 2021 ASU Men's Tennis schedule is finally here and it all begins Jan. 29.
The Sun Devils open the non-conference portion of the season with a matchup against FAU at home that Friday at 2 p.m. MST. ASU then heads to Austin, Texas to take on Texas at 11 a.m. MST Sunday Jan. 31. The schedule features 11 home matches and six road contests. No public attendance is currently allowed at home matches.
The Sun Devils then return to Tempe for a four-match home stretch against Grand Canyon, No. 21 Pepperdine, Northern Arizona and New Mexico State. ASU will also face No. 6 TCU and No. 15 Baylor this season.
The 2021 squad features four returning seniors, including 14th-ranked doubles partners Tim Ruehl and Andrea Bolla. The duo finished last season 4-3, boasting an impressive take down of the No. 1 ranked doubles pair from Ohio State. The pair had a phenomenal run during the 2018-19 season, going all the way to the quarterfinals in the ITA Fall National Championship, finishing 12-2 and ranked 22nd in the country.
Standout homegrown senior Nathan Ponwith also returns after electing for an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA. In his junior season (2018-19), Ponwith made it to the first round of the NCAA Doubles National Championship with partner Dominik Kellovsky. Ponwith became part of ASU's highest-ranked doubles pair in over 25 years (since 1991) when he and Kellovsky earned a No. 8 nod in the April 9 edition of the Oracle/ITA ranking.
Head coach Matt Hill also added No. 61 junior bluechip Max McKennon, Spencer Brachman and Moritz Hoffmann to the squad ahead of the year. Before becoming a Sun Devil, McKennon earned four singles titles, six doubles titles, and was ranked 61st in the ITF junior rankings. He preceded the 2021 season by playing in the 2020 French Open Junior Championships.
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