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Now that the Australian Open is behind us, Cracked Racquets is turning its attention back to the collegiate season. Before we get too far into it, we wanted to wrap up our College Tennis Contenders series. Later this week, we will publish our previews of both Baylor and California. But first, we will take a look at TCU. Enjoy!
2017 Season Stats
Cracked Fans are well aware of Coach Roditi and his program at TCU. This past year we sat down with Roditi to gain some perspective on what this year had to offer for the men’s squad and it was apparent Roditi is highly meticulous in his player selections. In his 8th season at TCU, Roditi introduces five new freshman to his squad, essentially creating a brand new team. New additions add an international flair to an already diverse team. Bertus Kruger is a South African native while Juan Martín comes by way of Argentina and Eduardo Roldan from Mexico. One physical trait of the TCU squad is their height, with a majority of the players towering at 6’ or above. Strong athleticism coupled with height make for a physically imposing team that we expect will make a statement in doubles with a strong net presence.
Recalling last year’s performance at the big dance, and TCU was a formidable contender, but had an open lane to the quarter finals with matches against Jackson State, Florida State, and Illinois before a tough bout against Ohio State. TCU’s 2017 tournament run was cut ultimately cut short by the Buckeyes in the quarterfinals following a hard fought back in forth ending at 4-3.
Despite having lost significant assets to the squad, namely Cameron Norrie, Roditi has introduced high level talent that fill needed roles on and off the court. You may recall Roditi’s position as Mexico Captain for their Davis Cup Squad, which lends considerable experience to crafting the team chemistry and ability to reach a final four come May. Expect great things from TCU this year.
TCU’s 2018 Schedule
TCU kicked off the season with a 6-0 home win to Abilene Christian before going on to defeat Arizona State 5-2 in Tempe. Back home on 1/27, TCU took an L to San Diego, but ended the ITA Kick-off Weekend on a strong note with a 4-0 win against Louisville.
Tonight marks TCU’s first big test against #3 ranked North Carolina on their home turf in Chapel Hill. Don’t miss the action starting at 5:00 pm ET. Live stream the match here: http://goheels.com/sports/2018/1/30/tennis-live-video.aspx .
A downloadable PDF of the TCU Men’s tennis schedule is available here.
Let us know what your thoughts are on TCU’s program this year in the comments below.