LEXINGTON, Ky. – After sweeping its first two games of the season against Dayton, No. 11 Kentucky (2-0) will host Louisville (2-0) Friday at 4 p.m. ET at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex before heading to Crestview Hills, Kentucky and the Five Seasons Sports Club on Saturday to take on Northern Kentucky (1-0) at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET.
Friday will mark the first time in over 10 years that the Cardinals will make the 80-mile trip to Lexington. The last time the two played at the Boone Tennis Complex was for the second round of the NCAA Championship Tournament on May 14, 2011, in which the UK won 4-3. Friday’s game marks the first regular season game in Lexington between the state rivals since 2005.
The Wildcats lead the all-time series against the Cardinals, 43-3-1, in a streak dating back to 1925. The UK is 26-0 since the men’s tennis team’s first varsity season of Louisville in 1982-83.
The Wildcats won last year’s game on the road against the Cardinals, 4-2.
In the UK season opener, the Wildcats hosted the Dayton Flyers and swept UD in both matches of their doubleheader, 5-0 and 4-0. Second year Yasha Zemel, the 122n/a-ranked singles player, won the first singles point in both matches. Red shirt second year and 89and– ranked singles player, JJ Mercer, took the win in the afternoon game and earned his first breakthrough point as a Wildcat in a 6-1, 6-2 win.
The morning contest marked the first time reigning Intercollegiate Tennis Association Player of the Year Liam Draxl returned to the field to represent the Blue and Whites since last year’s NCAA singles tournament in May 2021.
Louisville also faced Dayton in its season opener last Tuesday in the first half of a doubleheader, eliminating the Flyers 6-1. The Cardinals then hosted Bellarmine later in the afternoon, defeating the Knights, 7-0.
Louisville is one of three Atlantic Coast Conference teams Kentucky will face this season. The other two will be at home against No. T-7 Virginia (0-0) and Duke (0-0), to be played in February, the 4and and 13and, respectively.
After hosting Louisville, Kentucky will play its second and third games in three days in Crestview Hills, Kentucky at the Five Seasons Sports Club against Northern Kentucky on Saturday. The Norwegians sack five players from last year’s squad. NKU won their first match of the year against Thomas More by a score of 7-0 on Saturday.
Admission to all Kentucky Tennis home games is free to the public. For any indoor game held on campus in the UK, masks for all participants are required in conjunction with the University of Kentucky indoor mask mandate currently in place. The gates to the Boone Tennis Complex will open one hour before the start of each game.
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