ATLANTA --- The Tennessee State men’s tennis team opened the fall campaign with a great first and second day at the annual HBCU Tennis Championships at the Clayton County Tennis Center.
On day one and two, the Tigers registered six singles victories. The Tigers have one singles player in the championship tomorrow and one team in the doubles semi-finals.
Sophomore Tanishq Mahendru began his Tiger tennis career with an upset over #2 Brooks Campbell from NCCU. Mahendru will compete for the Flight C championship on Saturday against Federico Mendieta of Jackson State University.
Freshman Pavle Popovic and Grant Maddox advanced to the round of 16 before being eliminated by Bluefield and Hampton, respectively.
In the C Flight doubles Pavle Popovic and Shashank Nautiyal won their match 8-3 to move on to the semi-finals on the final day of the HBCU Invitational. Larry Sloan and Tanishq Mahendru advanced to the quarterfinals but fell to Shaw University 8-7.
The HBCU Championships conclude tomorrow.
B Flight Singles
Round of 32 – Grant Maddox(TSU) def. Devaughn Blackburn(Howard), 6-2, 6-1
Round of 32 – Theofanis Kontopoulous(NCCU) def. Larry Sloan(TSU), 6-2, 6-2
Round of 16 – Giorgi Datashvili(Bluefield) def. Shashank Nautiyal(TSU), 6-1, 6-1
Round of 16 – Fernando Fernandes(Hampton) def. Grant Maddox(TSU), 6-3, 7-5
C Flight Singles
Round of 32 – Pavle Popovic(TSU) def. Basil Post(Hampton), 6-3, 6-1
Round of 32 – Tanishq Mahendru(TSU) def. Jermaine Le Grand(FAMU), 2-6, 6-4, 10-5
Round of 16 – Federico Mendieta(Jackson State) def. Jackson Gwinn(TSU), 6-3, 6-2
Round of 16 – Anthony Acholonu(Hampton) def. Kato Richardson (TSU), 6-2, 6-3
Round of 16 – Lorenzo Panariti(Bluefield) def. Pavle Popovic(TSU), 4-6, 6-3, 10-7
Round of 16 – Tanishq Mahendru(TSU) def. Chris Anders(Xavier), No Show
Quarterfinals – Tanishq Mahendru(TSU) def. Anthony Acholonu(Hampton), 6-2, 4-6, 10-3
Semis – Tanishq Mahendru(TSU) def. Brooks Campbell(NCCU), 2-6, 6-1, 10-2
A Flight Doubles
Round of 16 - Ignacio Pulido / Platon Gud(Bluefield) def. Grant Maddox/Jackson Gwinn(TSU), 8-2
B Flight Doubles
Round of 32 – Pavle Popovic/Shashank Nautiyal(TSU) def.Jermaine Le Grand/Karlyn Smith(FAMU), 8-3
Round of 16 – Larry Sloan/Tanishq Mahendru(TSU) def. Charles Hudson/Fernando Fernandes(Hampton), 8-7
Round of 16 - Pavle Popovic/Shashank Nautiyal(TSU) def. #1 Chris Anders/Gabriel Niculescu(Xavier), No Show
Quarterfinals - Daniel Ac / Oscar Del Granado(Shaw) def. Larry Sloan/Tanishq Mahendru(TSU), 8-7
Quarterfinals - Pavle Popovic/Shashank Nautiyal(TSU) def. Kyle Martin/Spencer Kelly, 8-3