PHILADELPHIA— Men's tennis opens their fall season on Friday, Sept. 28 at the fourth annual Joe Hunt Invitational in Annapolis, Md. and the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. The Joe Hunt Invitational is hosted by Navy and will be held at the USNA Tennis Courts and Tose Family Tennis Center from Friday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Sept. 30. The ITA All-American Championships are hosted by the University of Tulsa and will be played at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
> Temple is led by head coach Steve Mauro
, who is in his 13th year at the helm of the men's program.
> The Owls finished the 2018 spring season with a 10-8 overall record, going 2-1 in the American and 7-1 at home.
> The squad returns seven players from last year, including five upperclassmen. The Cherry and White is heavy in experience this year, as they feature no freshman and one newcomer, Paolo Cucalon
, who is a junior transfer.
> Seniors Uladzimir Dorash
and Alberto Caceres Casas
gear up for their final year at Temple. Caceres Casas posted an impressive 17-11 singles record and 19-9 doubles record last year. Dorash's season was cut short due to injury last year, as he went 8-9 in singles and 3-10 in doubles.
> Juan Araoz
, Eric Biscoveanu
, Francisco Bohorquez
and Cucalon anchor the junior class for the Owls.
> Michael Haelen
and Mark Wallner
return for their sophomore seasons, following solid freshmen campaigns.
About the Joe Hunt Invitational
> Temple will be represented by Eric Biscoveanu
, Francisco Bohorquez
, Michael Haelen
and Uladzimir Dorash
at the Joe Hunt Invitational.
> The Joe Hunt Invitational will feature competitors from 11 schools: Air Force, Delaware, Fairleigh Dickinson, George Mason, George Washington, Monmouth, Navy, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Temple and UConn.
> The event will feature six singles and three doubles flights. The full weekend schedule will be detailed when the draws are released.
> This is the fourth edition of the Joe Hunt Invitational. It is named after the 1942 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who won the 1941 intercollegiate national title in singles (prior to the NCAA being formed) and the 1943 USTA National Championship (what became the U.S. Open) before losing his life in an aviation training accident in 1945.
> For matches being played at the Tose Family Tennis center (across the river from the USNA), spectators can park outside of the building/outdoor courts. For matches played on the USNA itself, spectators must park outside of campus and walk through the security checkpoint. They must have a photo ID.
> "I'm looking forward to seeing Uladzimir Dorash
play," said head coach Steve Mauro
. "He injured his shoulder and had surgery last spring. This is his comeback year. He's been working hard during the summer, so we are excited to see how he responds to competition."
About the ITA-All American Championships
> Alberto Caceres Casas
, Paolo Cucalon
, Juan Araoz
and Mark Wallner
will represent the Owls at the ITA All-American Championships.
> The ITA All-American Championships feature the top talent from each participating school. In addition to vying for the All-American national title, players will be competing to secure a berth into the 2018 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships.
> Prequalifying matches will be played Sept. 29-30. Qualifying singles and doubles will be held Oct. 1-2, with main draw matches transpiring Oct. 4-8.
> "The ITA All-American is the top tournament in college tennis during the course of the year," said head coach Steve Mauro
. "It hosts the top players from each school, so there will be very stiff competition. I'm very happy with the effort the guys have put in and I'm looking forward to see how Alberto and Juan, who have already played in this tournament, and Mark and Paolo compete. We're all excited about playing good competition and I think the guys will do well."