Dear Tennis Lettermen and Friends,
This is an exciting time of year for us as we prepare for the 2010 NCAA Tournament. We have been selected as the No. 11 seed and also as one of the host sites for the first and second rounds May 15-16. Of course, the NCAA Championships are right here in Athens this year, so that means we will play at home for the duration of the tournament!
As always, the front page at www.georgiatennis.com is your direct link to tournament information culled from georgiadogs.com, NCAA, and ITA - including a complete, interactive bracket. And once the matches start, georgiatennis.com also has a live Twitter feed so you can follow the score minute by minute.
Looking back at the regular season, this has been a year filled with some unfortunate incidents. We've had to overcome many obstacles beginning with Nate Schnugg's knee surgery in November and him having to take a two-month break. Still, we made it through the early part of the season and won our first nine SEC matches. We had to endure a suspension of freshman Bo Seal for the remainder of the year.
The suspension started with the last three regular season matches, two of which were against our toughest opponents. Against South Carolina, Christian Vitulli, who had won 12 straight matches at the time, sustained a knee hyper- extension. The knee injury carried over to the SEC Tournament, where he was never really 100 percent. However, he will be 100 percent by the start of the NCAA Tournament.
All of that said, we are going into this tournament really upbeat. We played one of the toughest--if not the toughest--schedules in the country this year with matches against Southern Cal, Ohio State and Virginia and conference powers Florida (twice), Tennessee, Ole Miss (twice) and Kentucky. We think that will help us as we get ready to play some really big matches.
We have a group of seasoned veterans who know what it's like to play in big-time postseason matches. Nate Schnugg, Christian Vitulli and Jamie Hunt were on two national championship teams as well as Javier Garrapiz and Drake Bernstein, who were also on the 2008 team. We have reached the national championship match in three of the last four years, and we are ready to make another run at it this year on our home court!
I hope you can come out and cheer the boys on.
Best regards & Go Dawgs!