Wake Forest men’s tennis is good. Really good. They boast a #1 overall ranking, with a 20-1 record, 7-0 in conference, 1-0 in region, and a straight up bonkers 12-1 record against ranked teams.
The only loss so far this season for the Deacs was at a neutral site to then #3 ranked Ohio State.
Two weeks ago Wake Forest took down No. 3 Virginia and Miami. During the off-weekend Skander Mansouri and Petros Chrysochos actually competed against each other in the Davis Cup doubles play match between Tunisia and Cyprus.
This weekend the Demon Deacons will look to maintain their No. 1 ranking with home matches against No. 33 Florida State on Friday (4 PM) and No. 39 Louisville (12 PM) on Sunday.
No. 33 Florida State comes into today’s match with a 14-8 record (4-4 in ACC play), and most recently defeated Boston College 7-0 to end a four match losing streak. They have two nationally ranked singles players in (No. 73) Guy Iradukunda and (No. 63) Aziz Dougaz, and a nationally ranked doubles team (No. 87) Lucas Poullain and Jose Garcia.
No. 39 Louisville, is a respectable 18-5, (5-3 in conference), but more importantly they’re 0-3 against nationally ranked sides. I mean no disrespect to the Cardinals, and admittedly I know very little about tennis directly, but I know enough to know that Wake has a much stronger schedule and a better record to show for it.
All-Americans Mansouri and Chrysochos will anchor the efforts, but the entire team is absolutely stacked with talent, as evidenced by the team’s resume thus far.
Freshman Borna Gojo has been an immediate impact player, winning four matches against ranked opponents in singles. He is 16-2 overall on the season and has played at the No. 2 and No. 3 singles positions.
Nothing should be taken for granted, but in all honesty the paper match up for this one is all Deacs. We’ll see what happens, though, and many props to the tennis team for being absolute beasts on the court so far. Keep it up, guys.
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