Texas hosts Rice, Oregon and Drake at the Weller Tennis Center for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend

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Longhorn men gear up for ITA Kickoff Weekend 

Teams from around the country head to Austin this weekend as No. 9 Texas hosts 1 of 15 ITA Kick-Off events happening around the country.  

The Longhorns return home after a three-game road swing for a matchup with Drake University at 1 p.m. on Saturday. 

The winner will advance to the second round to face either Oregon or Rice in hopes of earning a spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in February. 

The two losing teams will play Sunday afternoon in the consolation round. 

Texas improved to 4–1 this past weekend with a victory over then-No. 19 Arkansas, including a huge upset by Texas freshman Christian Sigsgaard. 

The native of Denmark defeated Arkansas’ No. 3 Mike Redlicki in a singles match, less than three months after Redlicki claimed first place at the 2016 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in New York. 

The achievement earned Sigsgaard the Big 12 Men’s Tennis Player of the Week honor and marked his third victory over an ITA ranked top-15 opponent. 

Less than a year into his collegiate career, Sigsgaard stands at No. 6 in the ITA national rankings, boasting an impressive 20–4 singles record. 

After the ITA Kick-Off event, the team hosts Virginia Tech, followed by Purdue.