04 Nov Men’s Tennis Set to Host Bonita Bay Classic
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team closes out the fall season with the Bonita Bay Classic this weekend where the Eagles will take on multiple top-tier programs.
In the hidden-dual style format, the Eagles will take on Notre Dame on Friday and Dartmouth/Miami (FL) on Saturday before closing out the weekend with Memphis on Sunday. All of FGCU’s matches will begin at 4 p.m.
All four schools making the trip to southwest Florida finished in the top-50 ITA Rankings in the last year they competed. In the final rankings of 2021, Notre Dame was 33rd, Memphis was 35th and Miami was 43rd while Dartmouth finished 29th in 2020 after not competing last year due to COVID-19.
In the 2021 preseason rankings, redshirt-sophomore Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool) is ranked 69th while the doubles team of redshirt-sophomore Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/Miami Palmetto/Louisvlle) and redshirt-junior Pedro Maciel (Belo Horizonte, Brazil/Goliath Academy) are ranked 22nd. The highest ranked players competing this weekend is the pair of David Stevenson and Oscar Cutting of Memphis, who are ranked 5th in doubles.
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