CHAMPAIGN, Ill., – Mississippi State men’s tennis opens its fall slate for the 2023-24 season on Monday at the ITF Champaign 15K.
“Benito and Pete already being a year in kind of already know what to expect,” said head coach Matt Roberts. “There’s a lot of positive things to talk about with this group. We’re just trying to stay locked in and take it one day at a time and focus on what we can control in front of us right now. We’re trying to get better one day at a time.”
MSU’s trio will begin in the qualifying round on Monday. Sanchez Martinez will start things off for the Bulldogs against American Perry Gregg at approximately noon. Sanchez Martinez had the second-most dual match singles victories (20) on the team last season and finished his freshman campaign with a 23-10 overall record.
Gregg is currently a junior at Holy Cross.
Jovanovic starts his second season off against Semen Pankin of Russia at approximately 2 p.m. Jovanovic was a member of the SEC All-Freshman team in the spring and was second on the team with 25 singles victories, including four over ranked opponents.
Pankin was also a collegiate standout at Portland, where he was named the 2023 West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Year as a graduate and the only player in Pilots’ history to be named All-WCC four times.
Tomic will make his collegiate debut against Jeremy Zhang of Australia not before 2:30 p.m. Tomic is one of four newcomers that join State’s roster this season and takes on Zhang, who is a freshman at Illinois and will be playing on his home court.