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Tigers Aim for Best Start Since 2014

Tigers Aim for Best Start Since 2014


Who: Clemson (2-0) vs. Winthrop (0-0) & Davidson (0-0)

When: Saturday, Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. & 3 p.m.

Where: Davidson, N.C. (Knobloch Tennis Center) 

CLEMSON, S.C. –  The Clemson men’s tennis team looks to continue its good start in 2017 when traveling to Davidson, N.C. to take on Winthrop and Davidson on Saturday. This past weekend the Tigers defeated Georgia Southern and The Citadel to begin the season 2-0 under first-year Head Coach John Boetsch. With a lot of returning faces to the Tigers lineup this year, it was a new face that dominated in the opening weekend. Freshman Carlos Kelaidis went 2-0 in singles and only dropped five games as well as going 2-0 in doubles play.

With two wins this weekend and starting the season 4-0 would mark the best start for the Tigers since the 2013-14 season. In 13-14 the team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Kentucky.

Periodic updates will also be available on Twitter, @ClemsonMTennis.

Scouting Winthrop

  • The Winthrop Eagles finished the 2016 season 10-14 overall and 4-4 in the BigSouth Conference, finishing their season in the quarterfinals of the Big South Conference Tournament.
  • The Eagles top returner is sophomore Diego Quiroz. He compiled a 14-8 singles record, 14-6 doubles record and was voted All-Big South Singles Second Team as a freshman in 2016.
  • Head Coach John Collins is entering his third season at Winthrop University and his second as the Head Men’s Tennis Coach.
  • The Tigers are 5-0 all-time against the Eagles and look to remain perfect on Saturday.

Scouting Davidson

  • The Wildcats finished the 2016 season 11-10 and 4-1 in the A-10 Conference.
  • They fell in the first round of the A-10 Conference Tournament to Dayton, 2-4.
  • The Wildcats return junior Shamel Chaudhry who played the majority of his matches at the No. 1 position going 7-9 and 9-11 overall.
  • Chaudhry earned a spot on the A-10 All-First Team for the second-straight year.
  • Head Coach Drew Barrett enters his 11th season at the helm of the men’s tennis program in 2017. He has compiled a 93-131 overall record (25-53 SoCon & 8-2 A-10) at Davidson in 10 years.
  • The Tigers are 6-5 all-time against the Wildcats, and 2015 was the last meeting between the two sides resulting in a 7-0 Tigers victory.