Men's Tennis

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Several players with Gophers ties and aspirations of making the US Open will begin the journey close to home.
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Wed, 06/22/2011
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For several Gophers tennis players hopeful of making this year’s U.S. Open, the first leg of the journey starts at home.


The University of Minnesota’s Baseline Tennis Center will host the U.S. Open National Playoff Northern Sectional Tournament this Thursday through Sunday.


The tournament is part of the U.S. Open National Playoffs, which is comprised of 16 tournaments that allow eligible players ages 14 and older to attempt to qualify for the 2011 U.S. Open, held in August.

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Several players with Gophers ties are taking aim at the Northern Sectional.
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Two of the top incoming recruits for Gophers men's tennis may square off this week, Tucker Saxon and Eric Frueh.
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Tue, 06/07/2011
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Although Tucker Saxon and Eric Frueh will be teammates on the Gophers tennis team next year, for now the two high school seniors are old rivals.

Barring any early-round upsets, the two will likely face off in a showdown this week in the semifinal singles round of the state high school tennis tournament on campus.

It might seem like a high-pressure situation for Saxon, the three-time defending Class 2A, Section 4 singles champion at Mahtomedi, who was announced last week as the latest signed 2011-12 Gophers tennis recruit.

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Two Gophers recruits are currently marching through the state tennis tournament.
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3rd-ranked Tennessee is the top seed in Minnesota’s section of the bracket.
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Thu, 05/05/2011
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After finishing second in last week’s Big Ten tournament, the No. 19 Minnesota men’s tennis team will head to California to take on No. 38 Fresno State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Both teams had a 1-1 record when the Gophers won a neutral-site match against the Bulldogs Jan. 29 by a score of 4-2.

“We played them early in the season and they are very good,” head coach Geoff Young said of his first round opponent.

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3rd-ranked Tennessee is the top seed in Minnesota’s section of the bracket.
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The Gophers made it easily to the final but were shut out by a Buckeyes team that won its 78th-straight Big Ten match.
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Mon, 05/02/2011
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For their first two matches in the Big Ten tournament, the Gophers appeared unbeatable. Minnesota breezed through Wisconsin and Indiana, defeating both teams 4-0.

Then they ran into the immovable brick wall that is Ohio State.

A 3-seed entering the tournament, the Gophers handled Wisconsin after receiving a bye in the first round.

The tandem of Rok Bonin and Julian Dehn clinched the doubles point for Minnesota after the teams split the first two matches.

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The Gophers made it easily to the final but were shut out by a Buckeyes team that won its 78th-straight Big Ten match.
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The women open the Big Ten tournament against Iowa.
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Thu, 04/28/2011
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For the second time in the past three seasons, the Minnesota men’s tennis team earned the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten tournament.

This year’s edition of the event will be held at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium at the University of Wisconsin.

On Friday, the Gophers will face the winner of Thursday’s match between 6-seed Wisconsin and 11-seed Penn State, which will likely be Wisconsin, given that Penn State is winless in the conference this year.

Minnesota defeated both teams earlier in the season, with a 5-2 win over Wisconsin and a 6-1 victory over Penn State.

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The women open the Big Ten tournament against Iowa.
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Sebastian Gallego returned from a foot injury in a 4-3 win over No. 18 Illinois.
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Wed, 04/27/2011
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For nearly three weeks, Sebastian Gallego watched from the sideline as his team jostled for playoff positioning during the stretch run of the season — not because he wanted to, but because he had to.

Gallego was suffering the effects of a stress reaction in the lower part of his foot, an injury he sustained in the week leading up to the Feb. 25 match against Drake.

After playing with the injury for more than a month, the two-time team MVP decided to rest the injury as the pain continued to get worse.

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Sebastian Gallego returned from a foot injury in a 4-3 win over No. 18 Illinois.
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In singles, the Buckeyes won every set but one.
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Mon, 04/18/2011
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Minnesota entered this past weekend with just four matches remaining on the schedule, and with postseason implications on the line, each of the four would be important.

First on the agenda was unranked Penn State, and the Gophers made sure to handle business.

Minnesota jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead by sweeping the doubles matches, Julian Dehn tacked on another point after winning 6-3, 6-3 in No. 5 singles and Phillip Arndt was quick to follow, posting a 6-2, 6-4 victory in No. 4 singles.

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In singles, the Buckeyes won every set but one.
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Tobias Wernet is Minnesota's only ranked player at No. 101; Ohio State has seven players in the ITA top-125.
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Thu, 04/14/2011
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The No. 24 Minnesota men’s tennis team welcomes Penn State and No. 2 Ohio State this weekend for what will be the final two regular season home matches of the year.

The Buckeyes are in the midst of a 72-match win streak in the Big Ten. Seven players on their 12-man roster are ranked in the ITA Top 125, with freshman Blaz Rola currently ranked fifth nationally.

Penn State, conversely, is still searching for its first Big Ten win of the season.

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By age eight, Tobias Wernet was playing in the ITF against kids three years his senior; now a senior in college, he leads Minnesota with 13 wins.
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Tue, 04/12/2011
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Senior Tobias Wernet values team goals more than individual ones.

How about killing two birds with one stone?

Minnesota is No. 20 in the nation with a 14-3 overall and 5-1 conference record, and Wernet leads the team with 13 victories.

After a disappointing tournament season in the fall, the Germany native returned home to work on his game with an emphasis on conditioning and serving.

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By age eight, Tobias Wernet was playing in the ITF against kids three years his senior; now a senior in college, he leads Minnesota with 13 wins.
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The Minnesota men’s team led 3-0 early Sunday against Purdue, but a charge by the Boilermakers made things interesting.
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Mon, 04/11/2011
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After jumping out to a 3-0 lead Sunday, it appeared the Minnesota men’s tennis team would cruise to a much-needed victory over Purdue.

Not so fast.

In the matter of an hour, the Gophers watched their 3-0 lead dissolve and found themselves tied at 3 with the Boilermakers, the outcome contingent on the No. 6 singles match, where an unlikely hero rescued the Gophers from near-catastrophe.

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The Minnesota men’s team led 3-0 early Sunday against Purdue, but a charge by the Boilermakers made things interesting.
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