Auburn men’s team defeated by Wke Forest at the ITA Kickoff Weekend


Auburn University men’s tennis team suffered their first loss of the season against Wake Forest, in the first game of the ITA Kickoff Weekend, with a final score of 4-0. Tigers have an opportunity to bounce back today in Winston-Salem. Auburn will face No. 19 Duke, who lost to Middle Tennessee earlier in the day.

As reported by the Auburn University website, two of Auburn’s doubles teams came from behind to force a tie by seven points, but Tyler Stice and Alejandro Moreno ultimately lost the game 7-6 (7-5). The doubles match between Finn Murgett and Raul Dobai against Juan Lopez de Azcona and Filippo Moroni, with the tie locked at 6-6, was suspended as Wake Forest reclaimed the doubles point.
Murgett had some success against Wake Forest’s Matthew Thompson in singles-court five, knocking out Thompson 6-0 in the first set. Murgett lost the second set 7-5 to force a third set, but the match was ultimately left unfinished. Moreno also took his first set over Luciano Tacchi 7-5 and was headed to the third set when the match concluded. Auburn’s Will Nolan, Jan Galka, and Billy Blaydes all struggled in singles play, as they each lost the first two sets in each of their respective matches.

Men’s Singles results:

Filippo Moroni (WFU) vs. #66 Tyler Stice (AUB) 7-6, 2-2, unfinished
Melios Efstathiou (WFU) final #110 Will Nolan (AUB) 6-2, 6-1
Luciano Tacchi (WFU) vs. Alejandro Moreno (AUB) 5-7, 4-1, unfinished
Jurabek Karimov (WFU) final. Jan Galka (AUB) 6-4, 6-2
Matthew Thomson (WFU) vs. Finn Murgett (AUB) 0-6, 7-5, unfinished
Juan Lopez de Azcona (WFU) def. Billy Blaydes (AUB) 6-2, 6-1

Men’s Doubles Results:

#30 Filippo Moroni/Juan Lopez de Azcona (WFU) vs. Finn Murgett/Raul Dobai (AUB) 6-6 (6-6), unfinished
Jurabek Karimov/Luciano Tacchi (WFU) def. Jan Galka/Billy Blaydes (AUB) 6-4
Matthew Thomson/Melios Efstathiou (WFU) final Tyler Stice/Alejandro Moreno (AUB) 7-6 (7-5)

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