FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas tennis program starts its season by hosting former players for Alumni Weekend festivities Friday and Saturday.
At least 25 former Razorbacks are expected to participate in the activities, which include a reception on Friday, alumni matches on Saturday followed by lunch while watching a feature match, and closing with the alumni playing matches against the current Razorbacks. Saturday’s events are all scheduled for the UA Indoor/Outdoor Tennis Center. The feature match during lunch will pair two former Hog players against this year’s No. 1 doubles team.
The alumni matches are from 8 a.m.-noon; lunch and the feature match from noon-1 p.m.; and the matches between alumni and current players from 1-3 p.m. All matches are open to the public.
“It should be great fun to see the old guys again,” head coach Robert Cox says. Cox is an “old guy” himself, helping Arkansas go a combined 48-10 as a player in 1978 and 1979.
A few of the former players participating include Pat Serret, half of the 1982 NCAA doubles championship team and currently the No. 1-ranked 40’s player in the world; Jose Lambert, who has coached Monica Seles, Anna Kournikova, Bjorn Borg, Andre Agassi and others; Euan McGinn, a 1994 All-American who has been coaching in Scotland; Oskar Johansson, an All-American in 2000 and 2001 who was ranked No. 1 in the nation most of last spring; and Richard Schmidt, an All-American in 1985 and 1986 who reached the semifinals of the NCAA doubles tournament.
UA, which returns four 20-match winners from last year’s 16-10 club that finished the season ranked No. 25 in the nation after advancing to the NCAA Tournament regional finals, opens its season on Sunday with a 1 p.m. exhibition match against Sterling University of Scotland. The Razorbacks officially open the season Feb. 1 against Cowley County Community College at 3 p.m.