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Kentucky men’s tennis begins path to national championship with home first round

Cameron Guagenti
Kentucky players celebrate during the No. 7 Kentucky vs. No. 18 Alabama men’s tennis match on Sunday, March 3, 2024, at the Boone Tennis Complex in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 5-2. Photo by Cameron Guagenti | Staff

No. 5 Kentucky men’s tennis was selected as a host site for the first and second rounds of the 2024 NCAA Tournament from May 3-4.  

Kentucky’s first matchup will be on Friday at 4 p.m. ET against DePaul, with the winner advancing to the round of 32 and playing the winner of Toledo and Illinois.

The Wildcats are hot off their SEC regular season and tournament titles on a 17-match winning streak, making them the heavy favorite in their immediate bracket.

Led by No. 4 doubles pair Josh Lapadat and JJ Mercer, Kentucky has dropped the doubles point in just one of its last ten matches.

DePaul (14-9) is on a five-match winning streak after taking the Big East Tournament championship. Kentucky last played DePaul in the opening round of the 2022 Tournament, ending its season with a 4-0 victory.

Super Regionals from May 10-11 could see Kentucky in a rematch with No. 12 Harvard, which the Wildcats beat 5-2 early in the season.

The road to the national championship begins May 3-4 at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex for the last home matches of the season.

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