CHICAGO – The defending BIG EAST champion DePaul men’s tennis team opens the 2021-22 season on Friday competing in two tournaments over the weekend.
The Blue Demons travel to West Lafayette, Ind. for the Purdue Fall Invite while a day later, BIG EAST Player of the Year Vito Tonejc and highly rated freshman Marino Jakic will join a strong national field in the prestigious Milwaukee Tennis Classic that draws the top college tennis players.
The fall tournament season continues Sept. 24-26 at the Bobby Bayliss Invitational hosted by Notre Dame. The following weekend finds coach Matt Brothers and his team in East Lansing, Mich. for the MSU Invite hosted by Michigan State.
From Oct. 2-9, Tonejc and Jakic have qualified for one of the top Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s premier events, the ITA All-American Championship at Tulsa, Okla.
The fall season concludes with the Redbird Invite at Illinois State (Oct. 8-10), Louisville Invitational (Oct. 15-17) and the ITA Midwest Regional Oct. 21-25 at Michigan State.
The road to a repeat BIG EAST title begins Jan. 14, 2022 when DePaul opens the dual-match season against Florida Atlantic in the Arthur Ashe Invite at West Point, N.Y. Twenty-four hours later, the Blue Demons take on host Army West Point.
The road swing continues Jan. 22 with a pair of matches in Madison, Wisconsin. Up first is North Dakota with the host Badgers after that.
DePaul’s home opener is Jan. 30 with a matchup against city rival UIC at its new home court, XS Tennis on the South Side. It’s back on the road Feb. with matches against Purdue and Saint Louis in West Lafayette, Ind.
The “Band of Brothers” heads to Corpus Christi, Texas Feb. 18 and 19 for three dual matches in the always challenging H-E-B Tournament of Champions. That is followed by back-to-back home matches—Feb. 26 against BIG EAST opponent Georgetown and Feb. 27 versus Illinois State.
The Blue Demons will spend the entire month of March away from Lincoln Park, visiting North Carolina, Nevada and California. First up is Davidson on March 4 and UNC Charlotte the next day with both matches in Charlotte, N.C.
It’s off to Las Vegas next to take on UNLV on March 12 and Seattle on March 13. The road swing concludes with matches against Loyola Marymount March 22 in Los Angeles, at UC Irvine on March 23 and finishing up with Dartmouth on March 25 in LA.
In preparation to defend their BIG EAST crown, the Blue Demons close out the regular season with four consecutive conference matches—all at XS Tennis. April 2 brings Creighton to the South Side with Marquette providing the opposition on April 3. Butler visits XS Tennis on April 10 and Xavier concludes the regular season on April 16.
The BIG EAST Championship begins on April 22 with the quarterfinals in Cayce, S.C. The semifinals are set for April 23 and the title match is April 24.