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Badgers begin fall season at SEC/Big Ten Challenge

Badgers begin fall season at SEC/Big Ten Challenge

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Wisconsin men’s tennis team started its fall season this past weekend as it faced Alabama, Ole Miss and Auburn as part of the SEC/Big Ten Challenge. Wisconsin, Michigan and Purdue represented the Big Ten Conference at the tournament. 

Half of the team traveled down south to Alabama, including senior Mihailo Popovic and newcomers Matthew Fullerton, Collin Beduhn and Oliver Olsson. The Badgers led off the season with both doubles and singles tournament play.

Throughout the three-day tournament, freshman Matthew Fullerton was able to find success, winning his first two of singles matches, leading the Badgers in singles wins. Fullerton defeated Alabama’s Yair Sarouk 3-6, 7-6, 7-6 on Friday and Ole Miss’ Gordon Whitwell 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 on Saturday.

The Badgers struggled in doubles play, losing all six of their matches, but will look to improve ahead of their next tournament in less than a week. 

Up Next

The Badgers head east to Milwaukee to compete in the Milwaukee Tennis Classic at Marquette’s Helfaer Tennis and Recreation Center this Friday through Sunday. 

SEC/Big Ten Challenge 

Sept. 15-17, 2023

Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Alabama Tennis Stadium)


Filip Planinsek (Alabama) def. Mihailo Popovic (Wisconsin) 6-1, 7-6

Matias Ponce De Leon (Alabama) def. Oliver Olsson (Wisconsin) 7-6, 6-4

Matthew Fullerton (Wisconsin) def. Yair Sarouk (Alabama) 3-6, 7-6, 7-6

Andrii Zimnokh (Alabama) def. Collin Beduhn (Wisconsin) 6-2, 6-4

Isac Strömberg (Ole Miss) def. Collin Beduhn (Wisconsin) 6-3, 6-3

Matthew Fullerton (Wisconsin) def. Gordon Whitwell (Ole Miss) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1

Raul Dobai (Auburn) def. Mihailo Popovic (Wisconsin) 3-6, 3-1 (ret)

Will Nolan (Auburn) def. Oliver Olsson (Wisconsin) 6-1, 6-4

Noah Schlagenhauf (Ole Miss) vs. Matthew Fullerton (Wisconsin) 7-6, 7-6

John Hallquist Lithén (Ole Miss) vs. Oliver Olsson (Wisconsin) 7-6, 6-2

Will Nolan (Auburn) def. Collin Beduhn (Wisconsin) 6-1, 6-4


Filip Planinsek/Matias Ponce De Leon (Alabama) def. Collin Beduhn/Mihailo Popovic (Wisconsin) 6-4

Yair Sarouk/Andrii Zimnokh (Alabama) def. Matthew Fullerton/Oliver Olsson (Wisconsin) 6-3

Lukas Engelhardt/Nikola Slavic (Ole Miss) def. Oliver Olsson/Mihailo Popovic (Wisconsin) 7-5

John Hallquist Lithén/Noah Schlagenhauf (Ole Miss) def. Collin Beduhn/Matthew Fullerton

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