Another Kentucky program is gunning for a national championship: Men’s Tennis.
On Tuesday, it was announced that Kentucky Tennis star Liam Draxl has been tabbed as the No. 1 overall singles seed for the upcoming 2021 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship, which is scheduled to take place from May 23-28 down at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, FL.
Joining Draxl as the Kentucky singles players to make the tournament are Gabriel Diallo and Millen Hurrion, both as at-large selections. Diallo and fellow Wildcat César Bourgois also received at-large bids for the doubles championship.
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Draxl automatically qualified for the event as the Southeastern Conference representative, having held the No. 1 spot in the ITA Singles Rankings since April 14. The 6-foot-1 Newmarket, Ontario, native produced a 19-2 record in singles play, all coming on the top court. With a 9-2 record against nationally-ranked opponents, Draxl went 2-0 versus the nation’s No. 1 singles players at the time. He was named SEC Newcomer of the Year and landed a spot on the All-SEC first team.
Diallo has been climbing the ITA Singles Rankings all season, as well, currently placing at No. 14. The 6-foot-7 Montreal native owns a 14-6 dual match record with four ranked wins, primarily competing second in the Kentucky lineup. He joined Draxl on the All-SEC first team at the end of the season.
As the team’s top doubles unit, Diallo and Bourgois currently rank at a peak of No. 6 in the ITA Doubles Rankings. The duo owns a 14-7 record with seven ranked wins, including two in the top six.
Hurrion’s first full season in Lexington was highlighted by 14-4 record this spring, with one top-10 victory and three ranked wins in total. The Weymouth, England, native and former Gardner-Webb transfer is rated the No. 33 singles player in college tennis, garnering a second-team All-SEC honor.
Kentucky earned the NCAA Championship’s No. 15 seed as a team, hosting 19th-ranked Arizona, 49th-ranked Michigan and unranked Cleveland State for first- and second-round action at Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex this weekend.