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Six Razorbacks set to compete on ITA’s Fall Circuit


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas men’s tennis team will send seven players to compete in the ITA Fall Tour presented by Great Harvest Bread Co. taking place Sept. 9-11 in Wichita, Kan. The Razorbacks hold the top three seeds in the tournament.

The ITA Fall Tour provides a great opportunity for college players to compete in the fall to increase their Universal Tennis Ranking (UTR) and prepare for the upcoming spring season.

Junior Melvin Manuel earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament and will face Oklahoma rookie Aiden Robinson in the round of 16 on Friday, September 9 at 2:00 p.m. CT. Manuel is coming off a 16-5 double record, mostly playing in the No. 5 position for the Hogs where he held a 12-4 record.

The newest Razorback, Benedikt Emesz, will face Oral Roberts’ Kevin Leuenberger in the first round. Emesz joins the Razorbacks from Salzburg, Austria, and boasts a career-high ATP ranking of 1535 and an International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior ranking of 158.

Returning from Razorback, Adrien Burdet is the No. 3 seed and will face Oral Roberts’ Ignacio Vinas for a chance to advance to the Round of 16. Burdet was an important part of the Razorbacks roster last spring, playing on courts three and four. for most of the season. He finished the year with a 14-12 record and a 9-9 record in fourth place.

Two Razorbacks will face off in the round of 32, sophomore Jake Sweeney and transfer Alan Sau Franco will meet to determine a trip to the round of 16. In his rookie year, Sweeney played eight games with a record of 5-3 during the double season. Sau Franco, seeded No. 5, joins the Razorbacks for his junior year from UT Arlington where he led the team with 20 total wins and was named the conference’s first-team Sun Belt in singles.

Little Rock, Ark. native Foster Rogers will kick off his fall season against Brazil’s Luca Nicolau Penteado. Rogers played just three games last spring, winning all three in sixth place for the Hogs.

For all tournament information, visit the tournament website to find links to draws, live stats and results.