Dan Martin Brings Home Singles Title at Bulldawg Invitational
ATHENS, Ga. – University of Miami graduate student Dan Martin highlighted the Miami men’s tennis team’s performance at the Bulldawg Invitational this weekend, taking home the top honors as the Magill Flight Singles Champion.
Martin posted a 4-0 record in singles action and added a 2-1 mark in doubles play alongside pairs partner Ilarion Danilchenko. The duo fell to the Auburn doubles team in the top final, 8-1.
As a team, Miami went 15-9 in singles and 4-5 in doubles against opponents from Auburn, Dartmouth, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, UNC Charlotte, UNC Wilmington and Vanderbilt at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Overall, six Canes competed this weekend, posting a 19-14 cumulative record.
The Canes started the weekend strong, posting a 4-2 record in singles action on Friday and a 2-1 mark in doubles play. Martin easily won his first match of the tournament, 6-3, 6-2, while Bojan Jankulovski and Franco Aubone both require third sets to put the match away.
On Saturday, Martin and Juan Martin Jalif dominated the court for the Canes, each turning in a pair of victories to advance to the final in the Magill and Red draws, respectively. Danilchenko and Aubone also carded two wins apiece, helping Miami to a 9-3 singles record on the day. In doubles action, the Canes went 1-2 with the sole win coming from the duo of Danilchenko and Martin.
Martin closed out an impressive showing on Sunday, besting James Story of South Carolina, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-5, in a three-set thriller to take home the singles championship. Jalif battled UNC Wilmington’s Richard Trey Mallory to the very end, but ultimately came up short, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Overall, Miami posted a 2-4 mark in singles and a 1-2 record in doubles on the final day of competition.
Aubone, Danilchenko and Jalif all finished the weekend with a 3-1 record in singles action, while Jankulovski went 2-2 and Oren Vasser went 0-4 after several walkovers due to injury.
The Canes return to action on Oct. 21 when they head to Gainesville, Fla., for the ITA Regional Championships.