U-M to Return to Action at Key Biscayne Individuals

Jan. 2, 2014

Sun-Tue., Jan. 5-7 -- at Key Biscayne Individuals (Key Biscayne, Fla.)

The University of Michigan men's tennis team opens up the second half of the season this week, heading to Key Biscayne, Fla., for the Key Biscayne Individuals from Sunday through Tuesday (Jan. 5-7) at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park. The Wolverines will send nine individual representatives to the competition and will face players from Texas, LSU and Denver.

This event marks the end of tournament action for the Wolverines.


Sunday, Jan. 5
10 a.m. Singles -- Michigan vs. LSU
12:30 p.m. Doubles -- Michigan vs. Texas
12:30 p.m. Doubles -- LSU vs. Denver
1:30 p.m. Singles -- Denver vs. Texas

Monday, Jan. 6
10 a.m. Singles -- LSU vs. Texas
12:30 p.m. Doubles -- Michigan vs. LSU
12:30 p.m. Doubles -- Texas vs. Denver
1:30 p.m. Singles -- Michigan vs. Denver

Tuesday, Jan. 7
8 a.m. Singles -- Michigan vs. Texas
10:30 a.m. Doubles -- Michigan vs. Denver
10:30 a.m. Doubles -- Texas vs. LSU
11:30 a.m. Singles -- LSU vs. Denver

The event will crown an individual champion; no team scoring will be used. Each player will be assigned points per win according to his position in singles and doubles. The player with the most points at the end of the weekend will be named the overall winner.

Win at No. 1 position -- 8 points
Win at No. 2 position -- 7 points
Win at No. 3 position -- 6 points
Win at No. 4 position -- 5 points
Win at No. 5 position -- 4 points
Win at No. 6 position -- 3 points
Win at No. 7 position -- 2 points
Win at No. 8 position -- 1 point

Win at No. 1 position -- 4 points
Win at No. 2 position -- 3 points
Win at No. 3 position -- 2 points
Win at No. 4 position -- 1 point

Last Year at Key Biscayne
Michigan claimed 11 total singles matches and four doubles matches against representatives from Texas, Denver and LSU at last season's Key Biscayne Individuals. Senior Evan King (Chicago, Ill/Kaplan HS) was crowned the event's individual champion after posting a 3-0 record at the No. 1 singles position and a 2-1 mark at the top of the doubles lineup. Juniors Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) and Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') and sophomore Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National) each posted 2-1 records in singles competition.


Wolverine To Watch -- Senior Barrett Franks, who was selected to the All-Big Ten second team last season after finishing the year with a career-best 17-7 dual-match record, looks to build on a standout junior campaign. The Christchurch, New Zealand, native won 11 of his last 12 singles matches to conclude the regular season, including one match from the No. 2 position and five from the No. 3 spot. In total, he posted a 9-1 mark in Big Ten singles action last season.

In Their Debut --Freshmen Tyler Gardiner (Novi, Mich./Northville) and Kevin Wong (Hong Kong, China/Diocesa) both made their collegiate debuts in the fall. Wong went 4-4 in singles competition, while Gardiner posted a 1-2 mark through his first three singles matches for the Maize and Blue. Two other freshmen -- Davis Crocker (Kalamazoo, Mich./Loy Norrix HS) and Alex Knight(Miami Shores, Fla./Michael Kropp HS) -- joined the team this semester and both players are expected to redshirt this season.

Future Wolverines
Michigan inked two top prep players -- Runhao (Leo) Hua (Shanghai, China/Edison Academics) and Cameron Norrie (Auckland, New Zealand/Macleans College) -- to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period this fall. Hua holds a career-best International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior World Ranking of 138. Norrie has been ranked as high as No. 10 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior World Rankings and holds 12 ITF titles (five singles and seven doubles)

Ranked Wolverines -- Junior Vlad Stefan (Bucharest, Romania) enters his second season with the Wolverines as the No. 82-ranked singles player in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Joining Stefan in the year's first national singles poll is junior Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep), who is ranked 118th in the initial ITA rankings. One U-M doubles team represents the Wolverines in the ITA's preseason doubles rankings, as U-M's top tandem of seniorsof Buzzi and Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) enter the season at No. 47 in the country. [ Full ITA Rankings ]

The Captains --At the conclusion of the fall season, seniors Shaun Bernstein and Barrett Franks and junior Alex Petrone were voted by their teammates to serve as team captains for the 2014 season. This marks the third consecutive season Bernstein has been voted a captain by his peers.

A Look Back --Michigan posted a 16-10 record in 2012-13, including a 9-2 mark in Big Ten play and qualified for the NCAA Championships for the eighth consecutive season. Senior Evan King, a three-time ITA All-American, ended his illustrious Michigan career with a 116-34 singles record and became U-M's all-time leader in combined singles and doubles wins with 195. The 2013 Big Ten Athlete of the Year award recipient, King finished his senior campaign with a 32-5 singles record, including a 23-1 mark in dual matches and a perfect 10-0 record in Big Ten play. King was a unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten first team, while Barrett Franks was an All-Big Ten second team selection

Coaching Staff -- Head coach Bruce Berque is in his 10th year at the helm of the Wolverine program, compiling a 143-91 overall record and 60-22 Big Ten mark over his tenure. Berque has led the Wolverines to eight consecutive NCAA Championships berths, including the 2008 Sweet 16, and has finished among the top four of the Big Ten in eight of nine seasons. Jeremy Wurtzman is in his first season as Michigan's associate head coach. A former ATP tour professional and a three-year standout at Ohio State, Wurtzman spent the last four years as the head coach of the University of Denver women's tennis program.

Saturday, Jan. 18 -- vs. Western Michigan (Varsity Tennis Center), 9 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 18 -- vs. Toledo (Varsity Tennis Center), 7 p.m.