Men's Tennis Back In Action This Weekend
Sept. 20, 2012
ATHENS-----Four members of the Georgia men’s tennis team will play in the Audi Napa Valley Tennis Classic at Meadowood Napa Valley beginning Friday in St. Helena, Calif.
Junior Garrett Brasseaux, sophomores Eric Diaz and Nathan Pasha, and freshman Ben Wagland will compete in the three-day event that features players from six NCAA Division I schools in addition to eight of America’s top juniors.
“We are really excited to be returning to Napa after a couple years not being able to attend due to scheduling conflicts,” said head coach Manuel Diaz. “We'll have the opportunity to play with some of the top teams in the country in addition to some of the top USTA junior players. This will be a fantastic experience for the four guys we have going and we're looking forward to seeing how they fare."
The 32-player field will be divided into eight pools with three collegians and one junior. Following three matches in pool play, the eight pool winners will compete in the PlayBrave USTA Wild Card Shootout, a single-elimination, 10-point tiebreak tournament. The winner will receive a USTA-sponsored wild card into a USTA Pro Circuit event to be determined.
The five other participating schools include California-Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard, Illinois and Texas. Georgia last competed in the Napa Valley Tennis Classic in 2008, and Nate Schnugg was named tournament champion in 2007.