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Derrick Chen and the Bears make their 2023 home debut on Tuesday.
BERKELEY – The California men’s tennis team makes its 2023 home dual-match debut when the Golden Bears (0-1) host Saint Mary’s (0-1) on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and then host Stanford (1-0) in a nonconference clash on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
Admission is free for regular-season home tennis at Hellman. Fans can watch home matches through the Hellman live stream by clicking here and can also keep track of the Bears on the team’s Twitter @CalMensTennis.
Bears Opened 2023 In Hawaii
Cal started the New Year in Honolulu, where the Bears got off to a good start against No. 16 Florida State on Jan. 8. They won the doubles point against FSU, with Ryder Jackson and Lucas Magnaudet beating Maks Silagy and Joshua Dous-Karpenschif, 6-3, on court two to clinch the 1-0 lead. But, despite a singles victory by Yuta Kikuchi – who beat Loris Pourroy, 6-1, 7-5, at court-two singles – Cal wound up falling, 5-2.
On Jan. 9, Kikuchi posted a big win over the nation’s fourth-ranked player, Duke’s Garret Johns, 7-5, 4-6, 1-0(5), in the one-day Hawaii Invitational.
In the latest ITA individual rankings, Ryder Jackson (12-6 record) is ranked 52nd in singles, while the duo of Yuta Kikuchi and Carl Emil Overbeck (4-0) is ranked 27th.
Recap Of The First Half Of The Season
The second-year Cal coaching staff of Kris Kwinta – the Peter Wright Director of Men’s Tennis – and assistant coach Francis Sargeant led the Bears to a strong start to the 2022-23 season.
The Bears ended 2022 with Ryder Jackson’s run in the ITA National Fall Championships. The junior fell in the singles first round in San Diego, after an impressive fall that included reaching the singles final of the ITA Northwest Super Regional Championships. Sophomore Carl Emil Overbeck joined Jackson in the singles semis of the super regional.
Yuta Kikuchi also had an impressive fall, which included the veteran capturing his first professional title. He defeated Oklahoma’s Alex Martinez, 7-5, 6-4, in the final of the Norman Open, a 15K tournament on the USTA Pro Circuit. Kikuchi partnered with Cal’s Siddhant Banthia to reach the doubles semifinals in Norman. In…