STARKVILLE, Miss. - New York City and Athens, Ga., will be the sites this upcoming weekend for men's tennis action, as the Mississippi State Bulldogs will have players at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in New York and at the Bulldog Scramble in Athens, hosted by the Georgia Bulldogs.
State's Romain Bogaerts will join the Bulldog duo of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp at the USTA/ITA National Indoors from Nov. 8-11, competing with the collegiate level's best. Angus and Stropp defeated Southern Mississippi's Matt Frost and Andrew Goodwin Oct. 22 to claim the doubles crown at the 2012 USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships and a bid to the ITA's fall finale. Bogaerts earned a bid in singles after reaching the final of the Southern Regional.
Angus and Stropp, who is making his second-consecutive appearance in the tourney, received a first-round bye and will face the winner of Dan Regan and Georgi Rumenov of Armstrong Atlantic State and Farris Gosea and Tim Kopinski of Illinois in round of 16 action. The 41st-ranked MSU tandem will need four victories to claim the doubles title.
"The National Indoor Championships in New York is one of the most important tournaments in college tennis," Stropp said. "Last year I had so much fun playing there. It was a great experience and I am happy that I can play it again, and that Romain and Jordan are a part of it as well."
Bogaerts will face off against Vanderbilt's Ryan Lipman in the 32-player singles draw.
In Athens, Bulldogs Pedro Dumont, Stefan Vinti, Zach White and Ethan Wilkinson will participate in the Bulldog Scramble, hosted by Georgia. The tournament will be a round-robin format and will begin Friday, Nov. 9, and conclude Sunday, Nov. 11.
"We want to finish the fall well," MSU head coach Per Nilsson said. "We are about to head into another training period to prepare for the spring season and it is important to finish the fall strong."