Men’s Tennis Concludes ITA Southeast Regionals

TALLAHASSEE, Florida. – The FGCU men’s tennis team wrapped up the ITA Southeast regionals on Sunday. Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla.) was the only player still in competition, but lost to Florida’s Lukas Greif 6-3, 6-4 in the singles consolation quarterfinals.

“Today was a tough loss,” said the head coach J.C. Weber. “Lukas played very well and took the win, but I was really hoping Magnus would step in so he could continue in this tournament. He was great fun to watch and I think he has a much clearer view of what he is up to. “what to do now to take his game to the next level. It’s never good to lose, but if you’re going to lose, that’s the way to do it. I feel the same for Magnus and the whole team.

Johnson earned a berth in the consolation quarterfinals after picking up two straight-set wins on Saturday. He also teamed up with Max Dam (Bradenton, Fla.) doubles to advance to the Round of 16.

Damm had a great singles weekend, going 3-0 in the secondary singles round robin Thursday through Saturday.

Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico), Guglielmo Stefanacci (Prato, Italy), and Eric Oncins (Orlando, Fla.) also picked up singles wins this week in Tallahassee.

The Eagles will be back in the state capital next weekend when they take part in the Bedford Cup.

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