FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas tennis begins its fall schedule with two tournaments this weekend. One Razorback will be taking on the nation at the River Oaks Intercollegiate Clay Court Invitational while others will compete in the ITA Clay Court Invitational.
Junior Oskar Johansson will be participating in the River Oaks Intercollegiate Clay Court Invitational. Ranked 35th nationally, Johansson is in an elite field of competitors ranked in the top 75 in the nation. Appearing by invitation only, Johansson’s first opponent will be Rice’s Fabien Giraud.
“He’s the top gun of our team, and he is the only one that’s ranked,” UA head coach Robert Cox said. “We are looking forward to him to further the Arkansas name. We have a good tradition of doing well in this tournament.”
The invitational will begin Friday, followed by the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds on Saturday. The finals will be Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
Senior Chris Campbell will complete in the prequalifier for the ITA Clay Court Invitational. The prequalifier runs Saturday through Sunday.
If successful, Campbell will join teammate Henrik Tofft in the qualifying round of the invitational. Tofft was exempt from prequalifing because he is ranked 28th in the region. The qualifing section of the tournament will be held Tuesday and Wednesday.
The final section of the tournament is the main draw. If both men can defeat the field in the prequalifing and qualifying rounds, Campbell and Tofft will join Johansson, who will arrive after play over the weekend, in the main draw. Sept. 24-25 will feature the top 56 collegiate players in the nation. Johansson’s ranking of 35th gives him a main draw exemption.
“Since this is the first tournament of the year, this is the only time that we are on clay,” Cox said. “It’s just a lot of fun. Even though they don’t have any team implications they can pick up some computer points and further our reputation by doing well.”
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