Men's tennis ready for home opener
Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 23:09
The UConn men’s tennis team will take on the University of Hartford Hawks on Wednesday in their first home match of the fall.
The matchup sets up an intriguing storyline early in the season. Newly appointed head coach for the Huskies, Michael Louis, spent two years at Hartford coaching the men’s and women’s team before coming back to his alma mater this year. Louis still has a good relationship with the players and staff at Hartford but he knows it is all business tomorrow for him and his players.
“I know with all the outside stuff in terms of myself, I know the guys are trying not to let that get in the way but they’re trying to get focused in on winning and taking care of their jobs on the court,” Louis said.
At the Brown Invitational last weekend, the Huskies had some problems closing out matches and that was one thing Coach Louis wanted his players to improve on coming into the matchup with Hartford.
“I think our competiveness is there, but really recognizing those situational moments in a match where you need to step up a gear, focus in and fight a little bit harder,” Louis said.
For the Hawks, this will be their first match of the season. Last Spring, the Hawks posted a 3-18 record and lost in their opener in the American East Conference Tournament. Even with the losing record they had last season, Coach Louis knows it is not going to be an easy match.
“They are a better team than they have been in the past,” Coach Louis said. “They have added some depth to their lineup. I expect them to be deeper, more competitive then what they’ve been in the past. I know our guys at UConn are going to have to come focused, its not going to be a match where I would expect our guys to take for granted.”