ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Wisconsin men’s tennis team made its first outing as a full team this past weekend as it competed at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The team’s four freshmen — Oliver Olsson, Collin Beduhn, Matthew Fullerton and Tomas Zlatohlavek — started off the tournament as they competed in the qualifying singles rounds. They went a combined 8-0 through the Rounds of 64 and 32 with Beduhn, Fullerton and Zlatohlavek all earning wins in the Round of 16 to earn spots in the Main Draw.
In the main draw singles, veteran Mihailo Popovic won his initial match against Luke Baylis of Michigan State, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, advancing him into the quarterfinals where he then fell to Presley Thieneman of Northwestern, 6-3, 6-3.
The doubles pairs were shuffled last weekend, with the pairs consisting of Beduhn and Fullerton, Michael Minasyan and Zlatohlavek, Gabriel Huber and Olsson, and Popovic and Jason Hildebrandt. Three of the four pairs ended the round of 64 with a win. Beduhn/Fullerton and Popovic/Hildebrandt ultimately fell in the round of 32, but Huber and Olsson advanced through the Rounds of 32 and 16 before falling to Karlis Ozolins and Hunter Heck of Illinois, 9-8, in the quarterfinals.
The Badgers host the Big Ten Individual Championships on Nov. 2-5 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. .
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Oct. 19-23, 2023
Ann Arbor, Mich. (Preston Robert Tisch Tennis Building)
QUALIFYING SINGLES RESULTS
Round of 64
Oliver Olsson (Wisconsin) def. Antonio Matteo Iaquinto (DePaul) 6-1, 6-3
Collin Beduhn (Wisconsin) def. Nathan Balthazor (Marquette) 6-3, 6-1
Matthew Fullerton (Wisconsin) def. David Alvarez Moreno (Youngstown State) 6-3, 6-2
Tomas Zlatohlavek (Wisconsin) def. Clement Mainguy (Youngstown State) 6-3, 6-3
Round of 32
Oliver Olsson (Wisconsin) def. Onder Balci (Youngstown State) 7-6, 4-6, [10-6]
Collin Beduhn (Wisconsin) def. Devin Boyer (Cleveland State) 6-3, 6-2
Matthew Fullerton (Wisconsin) def. Leon Huck (DePaul) 6-1, 6-4
Tomas Zlatohlavek (Wisconsin) def. Jasper Schaadt (Marquette) 6-4, 6-2
Round of 16
Marko Galic (Toledo) def. Oliver Olsson (Wisconsin) 4-6, 6-3, [10-7]
Collin Beduhn (Wisconsin) def. Jackson Caldwell (Northwestern) 7-5, 6-2
Matthew Fullerton (Wisconsin) def. Adrian Dibildox (Illinois State) 6-3, 6-3