COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Four Texas A&M men’s tennis players will compete as amateurs on the final leg of the USTA Futures Pro Circuit this weekend at the Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield, Texas.
Senior All-American Conor Pollock (San Antonio, Texas), junior Chris Chirico (Philadelphia, Pa.), sophomore All-American Austin Krajicek (Brandon, Fla.) and sophomore Kayvon Karimi (Dallas, Texas) will look to qualify for the main draw of Futures competition which runs from Oct. 18-22. The qualifying draw begins on Friday. Last year, Krajicek advanced to the semifinals of the singles main draw, while Pollock reach the second round after picking up his first career singles victory over American Michael Rubin.
“We gave our players an off-weekend with the option of playing on their own at the Mansfield Futures,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “They will face young pros who are trying to break through to the next round, or college players, like themselves, who are trying to qualify for the main draw. Austin and Conor are both very excited to play in this particular tournament, having done well in the past in Mansfield. It is one of those situations where the conditions suit their style of play and gives them added confidence to play there again.”
The competition will keep the Aggies fresh and ready to go for next weekend’s Wilson/ITA South Central Region Championships to be held on Oct. 25-28 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station. This will be a non-ticketed event with free attendance to fans of all ages who would like to see the best players in the country and region duke it out in preview of the spring season. The top two finalists in singles and doubles will move on to the prestigious ITA National Indoors on Nov. 6-9 on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.
“We have been going through our regular practice as usual,” Denton said. “We gave the players some time off earlier in the week, so they could catch up on their studies. We continued with practice later in the week and focused more on our doubles play. This coming week, we will focus on singles, but all of the fall tournaments we have competed in thus far, have given us a fairly good idea of what our players need to work on. Conor has already qualified for the ITA National Indoors and we are trying to get the rest of our guys to come through and join him. We are playing well right now and are excited to host the ITA Regionals next weekend.”