Clemson, S.C. — The Clemson men’s tennis team (2-0, 0-0 ACC) picked up a pair of victories in the Duckworth Classic on Saturday to open the 2021 season. The Tigers first swept Chattanooga (0-1, 0-0 SoCon), 7-0, in their early match and then went on to defeat Wofford (0-1, 0-0 SoCon), 6-1.
The Tigers took control of their match against Chattanooga early, earning the doubles point at lines three and one. Carlos Kelaidis and Spencer Whitaker swept their opponents on Court 3 followed closely behind by Ryuhei Azuma and Jacob Jahn who won, 6-2, on Court 1. In singles, Teodor Giusca (6-1, 6-0), Jahn (6-0, 6-0) and Kelaidis (6-3, 6-2) strung together wins to clinch the match for the Tigers. Yizhou Liu, who returned to the court for the first time since January 2020, won the top court, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3. Additionally, first-year Tigers Azuma and Jorge Plans Gonzalez each earned their first career singles victories, winning, 7-6(7-5), 6-3, and, 7-5, 6-4, at lines four and five, respectively.
The program notched its 12th-consecutive win against Wofford in its 6-1 victory on Saturday night. The Tigers took all three doubles matches as Guisca and Daniel Labrador downed their Court 3 opponents, 6-2, followed closely behind by Jahn and Azuma, 6-3, who picked up their second doubles-clinching victory of the day. Liu and Plans Gonzalez prevailed 7-5 at line two after the teams elected to finish out the match. The top three courts finished in numerical order to clinch the Clemson victory. At No. 1 Giusca defeated Williams, 6-3, 6-0, No. 2 Liu downed Rendle, 6-0, 6-1 and No. 3 Azuma beat Ray, 6-3, 6-1. Whitaker, in his first career singles match, won, 7-5, 6-1, over Keim and Plans Gonzalez bested Losada, 6-3, 6-4.
The Tigers are back in action on Saturday, Jan. 23 when they host South Florida at 2 p.m at The Duckworth Family Tennis Facility.
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