Tennis Central Men: #5 Tennessee to #12 Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Riding a three-fight winning streak and holding a top-five national ranking for a 25and consecutive week, Tennessee’s No. 5 men’s tennis team is on the road this weekend for a fight with the 12and-ranked Kentucky Wildcats Friday. The first service is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET.

The Vols have won each of the previous four meetings with the Cats and would move to 6-3 in conference action this season with a win on Friday.

Live match stats can be found here and live streaming is accessible here.

LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee enters the road contest in Bluegrass State after beating Arkansas in their last outing, 6-1 in Knoxville last Friday.

KENTUCKY SCOUTING
Friday marks 114and all-time encounter between the Vols and the Wildcats. Tennessee leads the series 67-46, dating back to 1930. The Vols (17-5, 5-3 SEC) have won all four previous matchups against Kentucky (15-6, 6-2 SEC), with the last victory in 4-3 in 2021. A win would extend Tennessee’s streak to five games and mark the fifth straight triumph over Kentucky. A five-game winning streak would be the Vols’ longest winning streak against the Wildcats since their six-game winning streak from 1977-1984. Kentucky is 3-2 in its last five outings and has lost two in a row , with wins over No. 22 Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss, as well as losses to No. 8 Virginia at home and No. 10 South Carolina on the road.



FLIGHTS IN THE RANKING

Simple
#5 – Johannus Monday
#14 – Adam Walton
#45 – Emile Hudd



Double
#19 – Emile Hudd/Shunsuke Mitsui
#79 – Pat Harper/Adam Walton



WILDCATS IN THE RANKING

Simple
#16 – Gabriel Diallo
#30 – Liam Draxl
#84 – Joshua Lapadat
#95 – Francois Musitelli



Double
#56 – Liam Draxl/Millen Hurrion

REINFORCED HUDD
Since being called up to play singles No. 2 for the Vols, senior Emile Hudd boasts a 5-2 record in the previous seven matches, including two clinches and a pair of ranked singles victories during that span. Overall this season, Hudd is 23-7 in 30 completed singles matches, including a 14-5 (6-2 SEC) record in doubles matches.



STILL HOLDING DOUBLES CHAMPION
The Australian doubles tandem of Tennessee and the defending NCAA national doubles champions Adam Walton and Pat Harper are 11-4 as a pair this season, including an unblemished 5-0 mark in SEC play. The duo have won six in a row and eight of their last nine doubles matches have been completed.

ROAD FLIGHTS
Tennessee is 5-1 in real road games and 9-2 away from Knoxville this season. Four of his five true road triumphs have come in SEC action, while beating then-No. 5 TCU in Game 3 of the dual season.



FACTS ABOUT LEXINGTON
• The Jif peanut butter plant in Lexington produces more peanut butter than any other plant in the world.


• Until 1793, Lexington was the temporary capital of Kentucky.


• Lexington is nicknamed the “horse capital of the world”.

NEXT
Tennessee heads south on Interstate 65 to take on local rival Vanderbilt in Nashville on Sunday. The first service is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.


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