ORLANDO, Fla. – Michigan State men’s tennis’ Ozan Baris and Max Sheldon are set for play at the 2023 NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships, beginning Monday, May 22 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida.
Live scoring will be available on MSUSpartans.com. Cracked Raquets will stream matches on YouTube.
Baris kicks off action in the Singles Round of 64 on Monday, May 22, while Sheldon will team up with Baris in the Doubles Round of 32 beginning Tuesday, May 23.
Baris will face Harvard’s Harris Walker at 11:30 a.m. in his first-round singles match. Baris and Sheldon take on top-seeded Toby Samuel and Connor Thomson of South Carolina in the opening round of doubles on Tuesday. Tuesday’s match time will be released Monday.
The Spartans are being represented at the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2015, when current head coach Harry Jadun and doubles partner John Patrick Mullane made a historic run to the national semifinals to become the first All-American doubles team in program history.
Baris is the first Spartan to earn a bid to the NCAA Championships in singles since Nick Rinks in 2007, which also marks the last time the Spartans earned bids in singles and doubles in the same year.
Baris, the 2023 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a First-Team All-Big Ten selection, holds a 22-16 overall record and 10-11 this season. He also knocked off 11 ranked opponents throughout the 2022-23 season and currently ranks No. 50 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) singles rankings.
Baris and Sheldon teamed up for a spectacular year at No. 1 doubles, posting a 10-3 overall record and 7-2 mark during the dual season. The pair earned a 5-1 record against ranked doubles teams in the spring, falling only to No. 7-ranked Andrew Fenty and Gavin Young of Michigan in a top-10 matchup during the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. Baris and Sheldon are currently ranked 10th in the ITA doubles rankings and reached a season high at No. 6 on April 4. Sheldon was also a First-Team All-Big Ten selection this season.
All matches at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships shall be the best-of-three sets. No-ad scoring and a 7-point tiebreaker (first to seven points, must win by two points) at six-games-all will be used for all matches. In doubles, a 10-point match tiebreaker will…
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