FORT MYERS, Florida. – The FGCU men’s tennis team will travel to Gainesville this weekend to participate in the ITA Southeast Regionals, hosted by the University of Florida.
Qualification starts on Thursday where redshirt-sophomores Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico / Penn Foster / Alabama) and Guglielmo Stefanacci (Prato, Italy / International School of Florence) will try to win a place in the main draw of the doubles competition which starts on Friday.
Redshirt-junior Pedro Maciel (Belo Horizonte, Brazil / Goliath Academy) will also have to make their way into the main draw as they compete in singles qualifying on Thursday.
Two fold, Maciel and redshirt-sophomore Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic / Miami Palmetto / Louisville) will advance to the main draw on Friday. The duo will be one of the seeds as they are ranked No. 22 in the ITA preseason rankings.
In singles, Wilson, Sepulveda, Stefanacci, and redshirt-sophomore Juan Lopez (Gachancipa, Colombia / Colegio Virtual Siglo XXI) will also start in the main draw on Friday.
Actions taking place on courts 1 to 6 will have live video and rating if time allows it.
Updated information regarding the draws will be available here and will be updated throughout the weekend.
Other competing teams include Florida, Georgia, Central Florida, South Florida, Georgia Tech, Miami, Florida State, Georgia State, Florida Atlantic, South Georgia, Kennesaw State, Mercer, North Florida and Stetson.
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