By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA – The USF men’s tennis has finished the collegiate part of their fall season and now enters pro territory.
USF’s Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz, Oliver Pramming and Vadym Kalyuzhnyy will compete as amateurs at the Pensacola Futures Pro Tennis Circuit event that begins Friday. Players will go through four rounds of qualifying – one singles match per day – for a chance to enter the main draw. The Bulls will get to take part in the doubles portion of the event if they make it through singles qualifying.
“We’re extremely fortunate to be able to get to play professional tournaments during the year,” head coach Matt Hill said. “It’s a great fit for our program because our program is designed and set up for players that want to play professional tennis after college.”
The Bulls finished up the collegiate part of their fall by gaining championship experience at the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional in Atlanta on Oct. 15. Freshman Sasha Gozun made the singles final, Pramming and Gonzalez-Muniz competed in the doubles championship and freshmen Paul Polarczyk and Kalyuzhnny won the doubles consolation title. USF was the only program from Florida or Georgia to accomplish the three title match feat.
“Overall it was a superb week for us to have three teams in championship matches,” assistant coach Brandon Wagner said. “We’ve been building upon teamwork while practicing really hard this semester and it showed. I was really happy to see some of that hard work pay off.”
Head back to GoUSFBulls.com on Thursday night to check out the qualifying draws once they’ve been completed.