Men's Tennis notebook: Sept. 14
AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Texas men's tennis team officially kicks off its season next weekend at the Baylor Invitational in Waco, but two Longhorns will make appearances this weekend at a USTA challenger event in Lubbock.
Sophomore All-American Miguel Reyes Varela (Cuernavaca, Mexico) and freshman Dimitar Kutrovsky (Sofia, Bulgaria) will compete in the tournament to be played at Texas Tech's McLeod Tennis Center beginning on Saturday, Sept. 16.
Reyes Varela earned All-America status as a freshman last season when he teamed up with UT senior Callum Beale (Adelaide, Australia) to reach the doubles quarterfinals at the 2006 NCAA Tennis Championships at Stanford University. Kutrovsky begins his collegiate tennis career with victories over a pair of ATP top-500 opponents to his credit.
Former Longhorn Mabry to Enter USPTA Hall of Fame
Mabry lettered at Texas from 1946-48 and captured Southwest Conference singles and doubles titles in 1946. He initiated the men's tennis program at Trinity University in 1955 and the led the team to the NCAA championship in 1972.
Mabry is a member of the ITA Collegiate and Texas Tennis Halls of Fame and the University of Texas Hall of Honor. Today, Mabry is a co-owner of the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels.
ITA Rankings Released
Junior Milan Mihailovic (Nis, Serbia) ranks 103rd in the singles rankings, while Kutrovsky makes his ITA rankings debut at No. 117. Mihailovic totaled a 28-10 overall record during the 2005-06 season, including an impressive 19-6 mark at No. 4 singles.
Reyes Varela and junior Luis Diaz Barriga (Cordoba, Mexico) enter the doubles rankings at No. 25. Diaz Barriga played an integral role in UT's successful 2006 postseason run, as he tallied a 5-1 doubles mark in the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments.