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Jan 19, 2019

Tigers Roll to Two Victories in Duckworth Family Tennis Facility Opener

CLEMSON, S.C. – In the first matches in program history held at the Duckworth Family Tennis Facility on Saturday, the Clemson men’s tennis team defeated The Citadel twice, 7-0 and 6-1, respectively. The Tigers went 6-0 in doubles matches and 11-1 in singles matches on the day, to open the 2019 season at 2-0.

Clemson 7, The Citadel 0
The Tigers swept the Bulldogs, winning all three doubles and all six singles matches. In doubles play, Simon Baudry and Yizhou Liu won 6-0 at No. 1, before Mike Agee and Pierre-Louis Dodens clinched the point with a 6-1 win at No. 3. Three new Tigers, Teodor Giusca at No. 3, Agee at No. 6 and Dodens at No. 4 cemented the team win, with Dodens blanking his Citadel opponent 6-0, 6-0 to clinch the victory.

Clemson 6, The Citadel 1
Agee and Dodens won 6-1 at No. 3 to open doubles play, before Baudry and Liu rolled to a 6-0 win on Court 1 to claim the doubles point for Clemson. After dropping a match at No. 6 singles, the Tigers won the next five straight to secure the 6-1 victory. Carlos Kelaidis won 6-1, 6-1 at No 4, Giusca won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2 and then Baudry clinched, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 1 singles.

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“It was so awesome to play our first match in the new Duckworth Family Tennis Center! Our team and staff feel so fortunate to be able to train and play matches in one of the top tennis centers in the nation!" said Head Coach John Boetsch. "Today was a great start to our season and we gained ground in doubles and singles. I was pleased with our discipline as a team and how we competed throughout the day. It was an honor to play Clemson Hall of Famer and former head coach Chuck Kriese and his well-coached Citadel team to open the season and facility.”


The Tigers return to action on Saturday, Jan. 26 when they host Appalachian State at 10 a.m. and Coastal Carolina at 4 p.m. at the Duckworth Family Tennis Facility.