Across the board, UK Athletics continues to shine. After a standout regular season that included a 15-0 record at home and two top 15 players in Liam Draxl (No. 1) and Gabriel Diallo (No. 12), the Kentucky Men’s Tennis team will get to host its first and second round matches of the NCAA Tournament.
The Wildcats (18-7) earned a No. 14 seed in the tournament and the right to host Cleveland State (18-4), Arizona (19-7) and Michigan (15-4) in the first and second rounds this weekend. Arizona will face Michigan on Friday at 10 a.m. ET, followed by Kentucky vs. Cleveland State at 1 p.m. The winners of Friday’s matches will meet in the second round on Saturday at 1 p.m., with the victor heading to the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida, where the remaining teams will compete for a national title over a six-day span.
Kentucky was initially scheduled to play Cleveland State, the Horizon League champions, in February, but the match was canceled due to health and safety protocols. The Wildcats swept Cleveland State in back-to-back-to-back NCAA Tournament matchups in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Kentucky’s latest at-large berth marks the 30th NCAA Championship appearance in program history.
Kentucky is No. 15 in the latest ITA Computerized Rankings, while Arizona is No. 19 and Michigan No. 44. The Cats feature five players included in the ITA Singles Rankings—including first-team All-Southeastern Conference performers No. 1 Liam Draxl and No. 12 Gabriel Diallo—as well as a top-10 doubles pair.
Here’s the NCAA Tournament bracket. Go Cats.