The Blue Devils prepare for the opening weekend at home
DURHAM – Duke men’s tennis is set to open its home roster on Sunday with a doubles match against Elon and North Carolina Central at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.
The Blue Devils host Elon at 11 a.m., followed by a game with North Carolina Central at 5 p.m. Parking is available in the blue zone. To see the map, click HERE (PDF). Sunday’s game against the Phoenix will also be a Royal Blue game.
From head coach Ramsey Smith took over the program, Duke holds an 11-2 record in its home opener. The Blue Devils’ two losses were to Elon in 2014 and No. 12 Illinois in 2018.
Duke has two singles players and two doubles pairs ranked ahead of games – year two Faris Khan and junior Garrett Johns enter at No. 38 and No. 76 in the singles respectively, while Johns and Sean Sculley and Michael Heller and Andrew Zhang are ranked doubles at No. 37 and No. 39, respectively.
Live stats and video are available for all matches.
HISTORY WITH ELON
Sunday’s contest is the 16th all-time meeting between the two programs, with Duke having won 14 of the previous 15 contests. The Blue Devils are riding a four-game winning streak against the Phoenix, including a 6-1 loss when the teams last met on January 20, 2020.
IN SEARCH OF THE PHOENIX
Elon opened his spring season last weekend at No. 10 Wake Forest. The Phoenix lost the game 7-0. Nicholas Condos battled No. 100-ranked Taha Baadi but fell 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in third-place singles play. Chung-Han Tsai faced No. 75 Filippo Moroni on the No. 4 singles court, but was edged 7-5, 6-1. Esteban Penagos also played against ranked opponent in No. 117 Robert Maciag but was beaten 7(7)-6(2), 6-3 in singles No. 6. Nicholas Campbell won the second set of his match in singles against Rrezart Cungu in singles No. 2, but fell in three sets 6(3)-7(7), 6-3, 6-0.
HISTORY WITH THE NORTH CAROLINA CENTER
Duke currently leads the all-time series with the Eagles 16-0 with all games played on Blue Devils campus. The last time these two programs met was on February 9, 2020, during which Duke shut out the Eagles, 7-0.
SEARCHING FOR EAGLES
North Carolina Central is firing four of its five student-athletes from a year ago. The Eagles lost their opener of the year at UNC Greensboro, 7-0, on Friday afternoon.
No food or drink will be permitted at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Centre. This is in line with the university’s current indoor dining policy on campus to reduce the risk of COVID transmission during the current outbreak of the Omicron variant.
Duke Athletics thanks its fans for being diligent in adhering to the University’s indoor mask mandates and again reminds its customers to wear appropriate, well-fitting masks that cover the nose and mouth when they are indoors on campus.
The Blue Devils hit the road next weekend for ITA’s Kickoff Weekend at Columbia, with SC Duke set to face Liberty on Friday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. before facing either South Carolina or LSU on Sunday. The start time for Sunday’s game has yet to be determined. All matches will be played at the Carolina Indoor Tennis Center.