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Dear Royal Blue Duke Tennis Fans:
I wanted to give you a brief update to the start of our semester as we are now a full month into our season. We began the year off with an incredible week on our Hills Family Trip in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was an extraordinary time where we could really be together and focus on specific goals that we want to accomplish this spring. We definitely got some great tennis in but more importantly we made huge strides in becoming a family which will pay dividends as the spring goes on and the matches get tougher and tougher.
We are currently 4-0 and getting ready for the National Team Indoors which begin tomorrow in Madison, Wisconsin (a far cry from the balmy Honolulu weather)!! This will be a great test for our program as fourteen of the top sixteen teams will be playing. We face off against a very good South Carolina team at 9:00 am and it should be another great challenge for our program. We are coming off a tremendous 4-1 victory this past weekend over the 10th ranked team in the country - Michigan. The match was played in Ann Arbor and was not only a test for us being our first true road match, but also we had to deal with a team that historically fights and competes extremely well. We rose to the challenge and truly played a complete match. Physically, emotionally, and mentally we were one hundred percent invested in the match and it showed in our play and results. The win over Michigan came on the heels of us hosting the first two rounds of the National Team Indoors otherwise known as "Kickoff Weekend" where we defeated Fresno State in the first round and a very feisty University of Washington team in the second round.
At this early juncture, we are excited about where we are as a team. We have a special group of young women that have represented Duke with an incredible amount of sportsmanship, class, and pride; a group that will make all Duke tennis fans proud this spring. If you can make it out to a match this spring, we would love the support.
As always, thank you for all you do, and Go Duke!
Duke Women’s Tennis
Dear Duke Tennis Family,
Happy New Year from Durham! I hope you had a happy holiday season with family and friends. Classes start tomorrow and we are back on campus getting ready to kick off our spring semester. This team has put in a lot of hard work on and off the court. I am excited about the growth and commitment our guys have shown since August. Here are a few of our team highlights from the fall:
· Nico Alvarez returns strong from injury and picks up 18 ATP points, including his first ATP Challenger main draw win and first professional Futures final
· Jason Lapidus had a breakout semester winning three titles: Our James Bonk Invite B Singles and A1 Doubles (with Catalin Mateas), and Charlotte 49ers Fall Invitational A1 Doubles (with Sean Sculley)
· Spencer Furman takes James Bonk Invite A1 Singles and Wake Invite A3 Doubles (with Nick Stachowiak) titles
· Freshman Sean Sculley finishes fall strong, sweeping top singles and doubles draws of Charlotte 49ers Fall Invitational
· 2017 Team MVP Nick Stachowiak leads the team with an 11-3 singles record and closed the fall campaign with a pair of titles, winning the A2 Singles Draw and A3 Doubles Draw at the Wake Forest Fall Invitational
· We achieved a 3.62 Team GPA for fall semester
This spring we have one of the toughest schedules we have ever had, starting with a unique opportunity to travel to Tempe, Ariz., to face Arizona State in their first dual match in 10 years. After we defeated ASU in the 2008 NCAA Championships, the program was dropped. Duke is its first match as a reinstated program. They have a top-15 level team and there is a lot of excitement around this match in the college tennis world.
Please watch our televised match on the PAC-12 Network this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET.
Thank you for your ongoing support of Duke Men’s Tennis and stay tuned for more updates on our spring season as we get going.
DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s and women’s tennis programs hosted the 12th annual Royal Blue Club Pro Am over the weekend, with members of the Royal Blue Club getting the opportunity to square off against Blue Devil players. Read More...