Men's Tennis Opens Fall

Marko Ilić gets ready to serve.
Marko Ilić gets ready to serve.

NASHVILLE, Tn — The Belmont Bruins men's tennis team kicks off its fall season with the Commodore Scramble, which begins on Friday, Sept. 14 and ends on Sunday, Sept. 16.

The Commodore Scramble is an event hosted by Vanderbilt University that is spread out into three days worth of singles and doubles tournament play.

Belmont is coming off of a season in which they went undefeated in OVC play and won the regular season OVC title. Several players from that successful year will be returning for this season.

"We are excited to start the season playing at a high-level tournament right next door at Vanderbilt," says Mauricio Antun, reigning OVC Head Coach of the Year and head coach for Belmont. "We have been working really hard for the past three weeks, and we are looking forward to seeing the returners and the newcomers compete."

Though the Bruins only have two seniors this season, the team's roster is filled with experience. Of those returners, probably the most notable returner this season is junior Hendrik Inno, a native of Someru, Estonia. Inno finished OVC play with an undefeated 6-0 record and was named OVC Player of the Year in the 2018 spring season. He is the first tennis player from Belmont to be invited to play in the ITA Masters, which is a tournament that pits the best players in each conference against each other.

This year's roster contains seven returning players from the previous season. The returners include senior from London, England Zak Khan, who posted a 4-2 OVC record in singles play the previous season, junior Vincent Sterkens, a product of Antwerp, Belgium, who finished the previous season with a six match win streak and was named on the Second Team All Conference OVC roster in 2018, and sophomore Marko Ilić, native of Zagreb, Croatia, who finished the previous season 8-1 in singles play. He was also named on the 2018 First Team All Conference roster for the OVC.

The Commodore Scramble will be held at the Currey Tennis Center at Vanderbilt University and will start at 9 a.m. and finish at approximately 3 or 4 p.m. from Friday through Sunday.