Tennis begins individual competition, by placing one player in the championship

Drew Lieberman

Texas men’s tennis started its fall individual competition schedule this weekend at both the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational in Midland, Texas and the OFCC Fighting Illini Invitational in Chicago.

The Longhorns started strong in Chicago, going 4-0 in doubles play and 2-2 in singles Friday. But Saturday, Texas went 1-5 in singles play with four of the five losses coming to nationally ranked competition. On Sunday the Longhorns won their doubles match despite dropping both single matches. 

In Midland, the Longhorns advanced four to the round of 16 and two teams to the round of 32, going a combined 7-0 Friday. Saturday didn’t go as well for the Longhorns, with newcomers Adrien Berkowicz and Clement Homs both falling in the round of 16, while Nick Naumann lost in straight sets in the quarterfinals. Berkowicz and Homs also fell in the semifinals of doubles play. Only No. 10 singles player Soren Hess-Olesen advanced to Sunday, where he fell in the championship match in straight sets.