Sept. 17, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's tennis team opens the fall portion of its 2013-14 schedule this weekend (Fri-Sun., Sept. 20-22) at the UVA Ranked +1 Invitational at the Sheridan Snyder Tennis Center in Charlottesville, Va. Three Wolverines will compete in the first of Michigan's five fall tournaments.
Juniors Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep), Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) and Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National) will all compete in the tournament's singles draw, while the tandem of Petrone and Zhu will participate in the doubles bracket.
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 Petrone, 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 seniors Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) and Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) enter the season at No. 47 in the country. [ Full ITA Rankings ]
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 (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') was an All-Big Ten second team selection.
Making His Debut -- Freshmen Tyler Gardiner (Novi, Mich./Northville) and Kevin Wong (Hong Kong, China/Diocesa) are the Wolverines' two newcomers this season. Both are slated to make their debuts later this fall.
Coaching Staff -- Head coach Bruce Berque enters 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 enters 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.