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GoFrogs: No. 7 Men's Tennis is Tournament Bound

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    GoFrogs: No. 7 Men's Tennis is Tournament Bound

    FORT WORTH – The No. 7 TCU men's tennis team was selected to appear in the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship for the 31st time in program history on Monday, when this season's full 64-team bracket was announced. The Horned Frogs earned a No. 7 seed and will host Arkansas on Saturday, May 8 at 2 p.m. at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

    "It's great to get to host again," head coach David Roditi said. "We get to play at home and that's great. We can get the home support and we'll need it. It's going to be a hell of a weekend. Hopefully we'll get good weather and get to play both days outdoors. I feel like we have as tough of a first round as any of the top seeds. For us to play Arkansas in the first round, a team that has two top-10 wins already this season, it'll be a battle, but we'll be ready. Now we have to finish our finals and get to focus on our tennis. We'll be playing in front of our home crowd and we're looking forward to getting started. We've had a good season but now, it's all about nationals. All our focus is on this first match against Arkansas. Go Frogs!"

    The Horned Frogs (16-7) will battle No. 43 Arkansas (10-14) in the opening round, while also hosting No. 32 Wichita State (15-8) and No. 22 Arizona State (16-7) in the Fort Worth Regional. The neutral match will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, with the Regional final scheduled for Sunday, May 9, at 1 p.m.

    This is the sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament selection for the Horned Frogs. The Horned Frogs have hosted a regional qualifier in all six of their appearances in this streak.

    This is the second longest postseason streak for TCU Men's Tennis since qualifying for NCAA Tournament 16 years in a row, from 1991-2006.

    The Horned Frogs have put together another strong season, claiming their fourth regular season Big 12 title in the last five completed seasons. TCU defeated all five of its Big 12 opponents this season, including three victories over Oklahoma.

    TCU leads the country in road victories over ranked opponents, with nine. The Frogs have set a program record with those nine ranked road wins, the most in a single season since the turn of the century. TCU has bested No. 1 Baylor, No. 4 Texas, No. 14 Ole Miss, No. 16 Mississippi State, No. 23 Stanford, No. 26 Texas Tech, No. 29 Pepperdine, No. 33 USF and No. 47 Tulsa in true road matches this season.

    The Horned Frogs enter the tournament with five ranked singles players and two ranked doubles teams. The pairing of Alastair Gray and Luc Fomba have moved up to No. 2 in the nation after recording a pair of victories at the Big 12 tournament back in April. TCU has not had a doubles team finish in the Top 5 since All-Americans Ashley Fisher and Jason Weir-Smith in 1997 (No.5). Gray and Fomba are currently tied for the greatest doubles ranking by any Horned Frog duo, tied with Paul Robinson and David Roditi from 1995.

    No. 13 Alastair Gray (TCU)
    No. 16 Luc Fomba (TCU)
    No. 70 Sander Jong (TCU)
    No. 111 Tomas Jirousek (TCU)
    No. 117 Jake Fearnley (TCU)

    No. 2 – Alastair Gray/Luc Fomba (TCU)
    No. 57 – Alastair Gray/Jake Fearnley (TCU)

    For more information on TCU men's tennis, visit gofrogs.com and follow the team on social media: @TCUMensTennis on twitter, Facebook and the all new men's tennis Instagram.

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