Men's Tennis Announces 2022 Fall Slate
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah men's tennis squad is prepared to begin the fall season after coming out of a successful spring slate. After going undefeated for nearly half the season and having a near-perfect home match record, the Utes are ready to start preparing for the spring.
The Utes will compete in a handful of tournaments, with Utah hosting two events. The Utes will host an event at the end of Sept. and the end of Oct.
The Utah men will attend the ITA Bedford Cup in the Mountains from Sept. 23-25, hosted by the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., to open their fall slate.
Besides the ITA Bedford Cup in the Mountains, Utah will take place in the ITA All-American (Oct. 1-10) in Tulsa, Okla., and ITA Mountain Regionals (Oct. 13-17) in Albuquerque, N.M., and the ITA Fall National Championships (Nov. 4-7) in San Diego, Calif.
The Utes' first home tournament will be from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, when they are hosting the Utah Invitational #1. Utah will send athletes to the Dar Walters Invitational in Boise, Idaho, during the same time frame.
Opening the month of Oct., the Utes will be on the road for the Bengal Invitational from Oct. 7-9 in Pocatello, Idaho. Utah returns home for the Utah Invite #2 on Oct. 21-23. The Utah Invitational #1 and Utah Invite #2 will be held at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center.
Utah will compete in the Easley Memorial Classic hosted by UNLV on Nov. 4-6. The last fall tournament will be the LMU Invitational in Los Angeles from Nov. 11-13.
The ITA Preseason Rankings came out on Sept. 6. The Utes were well represented in the polls as they had two singles players and a doubles team ranked. The doubles team of Franco Capalbo and Geronimo Espin Busleiman ranked as the eighth-best doubles team in the nation in the preseason poll. Espin Busleiman came in ranked No. 71 in singles, while Capalbo was ranked No. 83 in the preseason poll.
The Utah men closed out a historic spring season earlier this year, reaching the program-best record in matches and going undefeated for nearly half the season. Their stellar performance in single and double matches proved beneficial, as the No. 1 doubles team qualified and moved through the second round of the NCAA Doubles Championships. This was the second time in program history that Utes qualified for the tournament, the most recent being in 2006.
Doubles team Franco Capalbo and Geronimo Espin Busleiman made Utah proud during the tournament, holding a 19-2 record and 20-4 from the fall slate. The team reached as high as No. 15 in ITA poll rankings and finished the season at No.27.
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