TEMPE – Sun Devil Men’s Tennis kicks off the 2021-22 season this week with a pair of tournaments on the West Coast. A portion of the ASU team will be in action Thursday through Sunday for the Battle in the Bay Classic in San Francisco, while a trio of others will compete in the UNLV’s Larry Easley Memorial Classic from Friday through Sunday.
Participating teams in Vegas include UNLV, Gonzaga, Cal Poly, San Diego State, and the Grand Canyon. More information for the battle in the bay has yet to be released.
Senior transfer Fabiel Salle and recruit Nicola Cigna will face the competition in the bay at the California Tennis Club, while Spencer brachman, Moritz Hoffmann and Jonas wilson will travel to Las Vegas and compete at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.
Salle, a transfer from Louisville, opens the fall season at No. 52 on the ITA’s pre-season top 125 ranking. Cigna will make his Maroon and Gold debut this weekend and is one of Italy’s top talent, with 35 wins in his junior career.
Last season ASU peaked at 17th before ending the year at 20th in the ITA / Oracle rankings and held a 17-9 record. ASU recorded a notable victory over No.23 Stanford to clinch their ticket to the Pac-12 Championship title game for the first time in program history where they fell to No.15 in USC. The Sun Devils then advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships, falling in the second round to TCU. The Devils of the Sun also celebrated that of Nathan Ponwith running in the NCAA Singles Championship.
Additional returns for the Sun Devils are Max McKennon, Georges stoupe and Christian Lerby. During his second campaign, Lerby went 12-8 in singles and 12-8 in doubles. Stoupe has spent time on the last three singles courts, scoring 11 wins in total. He started the 2021 season 8-1 and went 13-9 in doubles. McKennon, a sophomore from California, claimed the second round victory of the ASU Pac-12 tournament against Stanford. New additions to the squad include move to Texas Jacob bullardrookie redshirt Philippe costa and first year student Murphy Cassone.