The University of Alabama men’s tennis schedule for 2017-18 will include eight events in the fall and 27 dual matches in the spring. The Crimson Tide will also host the 2018 Southeastern Conference Championships on April 25-29.
Alabama opens its season at home with the Crimson Tide Four-in-the-Fall tournament Sept. 22-24. The field will include Oklahoma, Florida State, Illinois, Notre Dame, Tulane, Memphis and Rice.
“We’ve got another strong, challenging schedule this season,” UA head coach George Husack said. “The Crimson Tide Four-In-The-Fall will once again kick off our year. We have an outstanding field competing in a format that will guarantee each player four singles and three doubles matches. It allows our guys to not only get their feet wet in the new season, but to face some tough competition early.”
The fall season will close with the third-annual Country Club of Birmingham Collegiate Invitational on Nov. 10-12, featuring 11 visiting teams, including SEC foes Kentucky and Tennessee.
In the spring, Alabama will open with three straight doubleheaders at home, starting with Alabama State and Jackson State on Jan. 13. Other early dual matches include Virginia Tech (Jan. 20), Penn State (Jan. 28), Pepperdine (Feb. 9) and a doubleheader with San Diego State and Lipscomb on Feb. 11. UA will compete in the Blue-Gray Classic (Feb. 23-24), an eight-team invitational in Montgomery.
Alabama will open SEC play with Vanderbilt and Kentucky on March 2 and 4, respectively. Of Alabama’s 17 home dual matches in the spring, six will come against SEC opponents, including in-state rival Auburn on March 18 and defending SEC champion Georgia on April 6.
April sees Alabama serve as host of the SEC championships for the first times since 2006 and the seventh time overall.