Men's Tennis to Begin Play at ITA All-American
CHATTANOOGA, TENN. — Four Tigers will compete against some of the nation’s best Friday at the second largest tournament in college tennis. Ken Skupski, Colt Gaston, Danny Bryan and Brandon Nicholson are among 250-plus in the pre-qualifying round of the ITA/Icy Hot Men’s All-American Championships at Chattanooga’s Champions Club.
The four will get a chance to shine in the absence of some of the Tigers’ more experienced players. Three of the Tigers’ top six will not compete in the tournament due to injury, including junior Peter Richman. Richman earned an automatic bid to the tournament’s main draw but had to withdraw.
Skupski, Gaston and Bryan will be competing for just the second time as Tigers.
“Those absences give a chance for somebody else to prove to the coaches how capable they are,” said LSU head coach Jeff Brown.
Skupski was impressive in his LSU debut two weeks ago at Rice University’s Crowne Plaza Invitational. He downed two ranked opponents and competed in the finals the A flight bracket.
That performance earned him a No. 1 seed out of eight in his section of the bracket. He plays Colorado’s Chad Tsuda in the first round at 12:30 p.m.
Nicholson will play Marten Schultz of Virginia Tech at 12:30 p.m. Bryan faces Arkansas-Little Rock’s Dave Baxendine at 10 a.m. and Gaston plays Virginia Tech’s Goren Spanner at 8 a.m.
LSU’s doubles team of Bryan Fisher and Jason Hazley also earned a bid to the tournament’s main draw and will begin play later in the week.