Hawkeyes to Face 2 Big Ten Opponents This Week


The No. 44 University of Iowa men’s tennis team will host 35th-ranked Minnesota (8-4, 1-0) on Friday at 3 p.m. (CT) at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex (HTRC). Then the Hawkeyes will travel to Madison, Wisconsin, for their first Big Ten road contest versus Wisconsin (9-6, 1-1) on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. (CT) at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.


• Iowa routed Nebraska, 6-1, in its Big Ten opener last Sunday in Iowa City.

• Iowa won the doubles point and five of the six singles matches.



• Minnesota enters Friday’s match 8-4 overall, losing its last match to Central Florida (4-2).

• Friday will be Minnesota’s first match of the season against a ranked opponent.

• The Golden Gophers boast three ranked singles players: Stefan Milicevic (75), Felix Corwin (93) and Matic Spec (104). Corwin and Spec are ranked 78th nationally in doubles.


• The Badgers enter Sunday’s match 9-6 overall record. Wisconsin has won three straight matches, including a 4-2 win over Cornell, who edged Iowa 4-3 on March 2 in Iowa City.

• Sunday will be just the Badgers’ second match in 20 days. Wisconsin beat Nebraska, 4-3, last Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska.



• The Hawkeyes are 8-2 this season at home this season at the HTRC.

• Iowa dropped four spots in this week’s ITA National Rankings to No. 44.

• Josh Silverstein is 7-0 this season when his singles matches extend to a third set. Silverstein’s win on Sunday moved him into 15th place on Iowa’s career singles wins chart.

• Will Davies has won eight consecutive singles matches. Davies is 11-3 overall this season, including a 7-2 mark on court six.

• Jake Jacoby moved into a tie for ninth place in career doubles wins at Iowa with 55.


• The Hawkeyes boast two top rated tandems in the country: No. 40 Piotr Smietana/Will Davies and No. 70 Jonas Larsen/Kareem Allaf.

• Freshmen Will Davies and Piotr Smietana have won 11 straight decisions.



Iowa has earned the doubles point in 13 of its 16 matches. The Hawkeyes lost the doubles point to No. 4 Georgia by a narrow margin, dropping courts one and two in tiebreakers.

Jonas Larsen and Kareem Allaf are 10-4 on court one in doubles, with one of their defeats coming in a tiebreak (7-3) to Georgia’s eighth-ranked doubles squad in the nation.



Fans can follow the Hawkeyes all season long and receive live match updates on Facebook (facebook.com/IowaMensTennis) and Twitter (@IowaMensTennis). Fans can also get a behind the scene look on Instagram (iowamenstennis).



Ross Wilson, a former two-time NCAA All-American and three-time ITA national doubles champion at Ohio State, is in his fourth season as head coach and fifth year with the Iowa men’s tennis program.

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