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Men's Tennis Wraps Up First Weekend of Fall Tournaments

by Alissa Cavaretta
Men's Tennis Wraps Up First Weekend of Fall Tournaments

BATON ROUGE – LSU men’s tennis Rafael Wagner was victorious in the Ivy Plus Tournament Lenz singles draw, and Shane Monroe and Malik Bhatnagar played solid tennis at the John Breaux Cajun Classic to wrap up the first weekend of fall tournaments Sunday. 

The Tigers will continue their fall campaign starting Saturday, September 29 at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Ivy Plus Invitational

In the Lenz Gold finals, Wagner won his draw with a convincing 6-1 7-6(4) victory against Harvard’s Robertas Wresinski. 

“Doubles was a little disappointing today,” co-head coach Chris Brandi said. “We had chances in all three matches and couldn’t get a win. Rafael played a great match to win his bracket. It was great for Boris and Nick to finish with a win. Our guys competed hard all week, and many lost tough matches to guys who won their brackets.”

Boris Kozlov also earned a win on the final day of competition in Princeton, New Jersey, after Davis Wong of Michigan State, 6-3, 6-3, in the extra gold bracket. Nick Watson also secured his outside match against Nebraska’s Will Gleason with a gritty 7-6, 7-6 win, to round out the Ivy Plus Invitational. 

Cajun Classic

To finish the Cajun Classic, No. 42 Monroe recorded his second singles victory of the weekend with a convincing 6-0, 6-2 win against UL-Lafayette’s Pierce Gilheany, 6-0- 6-2. 

“We finished strong today,” co-head coach Andy Brandi said. “Shane played solidly, and Malik beat a very good Oklahoma State player. I am happy with the progress over the weekend and had good preparation for the ITA All-American.”

Bhatnagar also earned a hard-fought 7-6(3), 6-3 win against Oklahoma State’s Maxim Tybar in the back draw singles semifinals. 

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John Breaux Cajun Tennis Classic

Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Lafayette, La. (Culotta Tennis Center)

Consolation Singles

#42 Shane Monroe (LSU) def. Pierce Gilheany (UL-Lafayette), 6-0, 6-2

Back Draw Singles Semifinals

Malik Bhatnagar (LSU) def. Maxim Tybar (Oklahoma State), 7-6(3), 6-3

Ivy Plus Invitational 

Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Princeton, N.J. (Lenz Tennis Center)


Lenz Gold 
Rafael Wagner (LSU) def. Robertas Wrzesinski (Harvard). 6-1, 7-6(4)

Pagoda Gold

Evan Bynoe (Cornell) def. Agie Moreno (LSU), 6-2, 6-2


Orange Gold

Brian Shi/Logan Weber (Harvard) def. Rafael Wagner/Joey Thomas (LSU), 6-3

Gold Gold 

Justin Barki/Bill Duo (Princeton) def. Agie Moreno/Boris Kozlov (LSU), 7-5

White Red

Jack Winkler/Davis Wong (Michigan State) def. Nick Watson/Daniel Moreno (LSU), 6-3

Outside Matches

Karl Poling (Princeton) def. Joseph Thomas (LSU), 6-3, 6-3

Boris Kozlov (LSU) def. Davis Wong (Michigan State). 6-3, 6-3

Nick Watson (LSU) def. Will Gleason (Nebraska) , 7-6, 7-6