TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The 35th-ranked Alabama men's tennis team (7-4, 0-2 SEC) will host No. 15 Florida (9-3, 2-0 SEC) and South Carolina (5-6, 1-1 SEC) this weekend in the Crimson Tide's first home matches in over one month. Alabama will face off against the Gators on Friday, March 4, at 2 p.m. CT and the Gamecocks on Sunday, March 6, at 1 p.m. CT. All action takes place at the Alabama Tennis Stadium.
"I know our team is anxious to be at home after spending the last several weeks on the road," Alabama Head Coach Billy Pate said. "It's always good to play in front of your home fans, especially in crucial SEC weekends such as this one. It's important we play at our best after last weekend's tough road trip at Tennessee and Georgia. Right now we're focused on the next match, which is Florida, but as always, it will be a challenging weekend and we're looking forward to it."
Alabama opened its Southeastern Conference schedule with a pair of road losses at No. 2 Tennessee, 6-1, and at No. 13 Georgia, 7-0. Freshman Daniil Proskura gave the Tide its lone point on the weekend coming back to claim a 2-6, 7-6(6), 10-8 victory over 41st-ranked Matteo Fago of Tennessee. Alabama currently has one doubles team nationally ranked as juniors Michael Thompson and Vikram Reddy come in at No. 62.
Florida took down both LSU and Arkansas at home giving up one point throughout the weekend as the Gators posted a 6-1 win over LSU and a 7-0 sweep of Arkansas. Florida is 1-1 in road matches this season beating Florida State, 4-3, before losing at Illinois by the same score. The Gators have three ranked singles players including senior Alexandre Lacroix, who comes in at No. 6, 32nd-ranked sophomore Sekou Bangoura Jr. and No. 125 junior Nassim Slilam. In doubles, Slilam and Lacroix come in at No. 20 and freshman Michael Alford and Bangoura Jr. rank 50th.
South Carolina split its SEC matches last weekend, defeating Arkansas 4-3 before falling 5-2 to LSU. On the season, the Gamecocks are unbeaten when winning the doubles point. South Carolina has played two true road matches thus far going 1-1 in those contests. No Gamecocks are currently ranked in the ITA polls.