MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin men’s tennis team hosts the Big Ten Individual Championships this weekend, which will be the final tournament of their fall schedule. The event runs from Thursday through Sunday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Matches begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Eight Big Ten schools will be competing in both doubles and singles this weekend.
Here are five things to know before the tournament begins.
1. FRESHMEN AT THE FOREFRONT: Wisconsin’s four freshmen – Collin Beduhn, Matthew Fullerton, Oliver Olsson and Tomas Zlatohlavek – will represent the Badgers at this weekend’s event. All four found success at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships, with all four players earning wins in the qualifying singles rounds of 64 and 32. Beduhn, Fullerton and Zlatohlavek went on to secure wins in the round of 16, advancing to the main draw.
2. LAST YEAR’S B1G INDIVIDUAL: The last time the Badgers competed in the Big Ten Individual Championships, the team traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Badgers found success in the singles category with graduate Sebastian Vile earning runner-up accolades. Senior Mihailo Popovic picked up a win in the main draw singles while Gabriel Huber and Michael Minasyan combined to reach the doubles round of 32.
3. FALL SEASON IN REVIEW: This weekend’s event will mark the fifth and final tournament that Wisconsin competes in during 2023 and there is lots to look back on from this time. One notable performance came from the doubles pairing of Gabriel Huber and Oliver Olsson, who competed at the ITA Midwest Regional championships. While it was a new partnership for the duo, they won three matches and advanced to the quarterfinals in their first tournament together. Additionally, Matthew Fullerton and Tomas Zlatohlavek both earned five singles wins this fall, which led the team.
4. FOLLOW THE ACTION: Live updates on the Badgers can be found on Twitter (@BadgerMTennis) and Instagram (@wisconsintennis), while the schedule and scores can be found on the ITA website.
5. UP NEXT: The Badgers spend the next two months training before returning to action on Sunday, Jan 14, traveling to Miami to take on the Hurricanes in their first dual of 2024.