Three tournaments, one last time to compete for the Bruins.
This week marks the final tournaments of fall before regular season starts in winter. The UCLA men’s tennis team is busy sending players to three different tournaments in three different places.
Seniors Martin Redlicki and Logan Staggs are playing at the Oracle Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Fall Championships in Indian Wells, California, a tournament that features the top collegiate tennis players in the nation. Most of the freshmen will be playing at either the Jack Kramer Fall Invitational in Rolling Hills Estates, California, or the Larry Easley Memorial Classic in Las Vegas.
Redlicki hopes to capitalize on his success from reaching the finals at the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships. In order to do this he said he will be utilizing his aggressive serve and his larger 6-foot-5-inch frame.
“I think the biggest thing for me is just being able to execute and play the way I play regardless of my opponents, so serving aggressively and using a big forehand is part of that,” Redlicki said. “Playing in a national tournament is always exciting because you’re bumping heads with some of the top players.”
Some top players include the second- and third-best players in the nation, Nuno Borges from Mississippi State and Petros Chrysochos from Wake Forrest.
Staggs hopes to play more aggressively and cement himself as one of the top college players in the nation before the spring season starts.
“I really want to utilize my aggressive ability.” Staggs said. “I think one of the biggest challenges is that these players are the best so you can’t make any unforced errors or miss a lot of hits or anything, because these players aren’t going to give you anything.”
In Las Vegas, junior Maxime Cressy, senior Austin Rapp, freshman Bryce Pereira and redshirt freshman Connor Rapp will be competing in the Larry Easley Memorial Classic with Rapp and Pereira looking forward to getting more experience playing college matches.
Freshmen Connor Hance, Keegan Smith, Lucas Bellamy and sophomore Ben Goldberg are competing in the Jack Kramer Fall Invitational in Rolling Hills Estate, California.