UK Men’s Tennis Opens 2016 Dual Season with Double Header


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Following a successful showing at the Florida Gulf Coast Invitational to wrap up the tournament season, the Kentucky Wildcats men’s tennis team will open the 2016 dual season on Friday with a doubleheader.

The Blue and White will face off against two in-state opponents to begin the dual season. The Wildcats first play against Northern Kentucky University at 1 p.m. before facing Eastern Kentucky University at 5 p.m.

Kentucky boasts a pair of ranked singles players and one ranked doubles team heading into the new year. Sophomore William Bushamuka highlights the Wildcats talent, ranked in both singles and doubles play. Bushamuka ranks No. 79 in the nation headed into the season in singles play, while he and senior Beck Pennington make up the 58th-ranked doubles pair in Division I men’s tennis. Junior Nils Ellefsen also is ranked in singles play, coming in at No. 117 in the country. 

The Wildcats will also look to some new additions to make an impact. Last weekend, freshmen Ryotaro Matsumura and Enzo Wallart teamed up in doubles, stringing together a perfect 3-0 record in doubles over the weekend.

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