Hydinger Talks About Cincinnati Intercollegiate Invitational
Sept. 21, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's tennis team opens the fall season at the Cincinnati Collegiate Invitational at the ATP Center. The competition will be an early start to the season for the Hoosiers after only four official practice days in the books. The event will be held Friday, Sept. 23, through Sunday, Sept. 25.
Indiana head men's tennis coach Ken Hydinger sat down with IUHOOSIERS.com to discuss the early start to the season and his expectations at the Cincinnati Collegiate Invite.
"This tournament is unusual for us because we usually do not open this early in the year. We have only had four days of official team practice, but it is such a quality event. It is played at a great venue, the ATP Center. It holds one of the major U.S. tournaments of the year right before the U.S. Open. Another plus is that the event will have a national field. We were invited because they wanted to do a Cincinnati tie in and Michael McCarthy, one of our sophomores, is a Cincinnati boy.
"I do not know how ready we are for this thing with the lack of team practice we have had. It is going to tell us where guys are standing, and we are going to get a real good look at them. It is going to be a real good indication of how well guys prepared over the summer.
"One thing, we are looking for in this tournament is to get our young guys to step up. Michael McCarthy and Dara McLoughlin, our sophomores, for a variety of reasons feel like they should have had a better year last year, and they have looked very good so far this year. It is going to be an opportunity for these guys as well as our freshmen (Peter Antons and Mario Gonzalez) to set up and show what they can do.
"There are a lot of guys on our roster looking for an opportunity in this tournament. Dmtyro Ishtuganov is a guy that has really wanted to play singles the last few years and he has been right on the verge. This could be his year. He is a player who has big potential and can make some jumps. David Bubenicek has been the quiet success story. He had a great record at No. 3 last year, and we know he is going to move up some spots. He has been very quiet about what he has done. He is a smart player and good athlete, so it is a chance for him to step up as well. Neil Kenner played in a lot of tournaments over the summer and I know he is anxious to get in, have a great senior year and do some damage. We have a lot of players looking for opportunities that this tournament affords them."
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