May 25, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. - Denes Lukacs and Jordan Rux will begin play in the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships on Wednesday, May 26 and Lukacs and Roberto Maytin will begin doubles action on Thursday, May 27. The singles players are part of a 64-player field selected for the competition while 32 doubles teams were chosen to compete. All matches will be played at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
Lukacs, ranked No. 15, is seeded in the 9-16 range which, along with the prestige of receiving a top seeding in the tournament, players who are seeded automatically obtain All-America status. This marks Lukacs' third appearance at the NCAA Tournament and his third time to earn All-American honors in singles. Rux, ranked No. 35, is making his second appearance in the tournament.
In round of 64 action, Lukacs will take on Middle Tennessee State's John Peers who is ranked No. 41 at 9:30 a.m. (CDT). The winner of the Lukacs/Peers match will play the winner between 17th-ranked Raony Carvalho of Texas Tech and No. 30 Marek Michalicka of Wisconsin. Rux's first round match, which is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. (CDT), will be against ninth-ranked Robert Farah of USC. The winner of that match will face off against Georgia's Javier Garrapiz, ranked No 22, or No. 28 Andrei Daescu of Oklahoma.
Lukacs is the team's highest ranked singles player with a record this season of 23-7. The senior from Eger, Hungary, is 10-7 versus ranked opponents this season.
Rux, a junior from Kerrville, Texas, is a team-leading 31-14 on the season including an 8-11 record against ranked opponents. He is 17-8 in dual matches.
The 19th-ranked tandem of Lukacs and Maytin will put their 15-7 season mark on the line when they take on 19th-ranked Clay Donato and Stefan Hardy of North Carolina. The Baylor tandem enters tournament play with back-to-back impressive victories. In the team portion of the NCAA Championships, Lukacs and Maytin defeated third-ranked Davey Sandgren and John-Patrick Smith of Tennessee, 7-6, and upset fifth-ranked Jeff Dadamo and Austin Krajicek of Texas A&M, 9-8 (7-4).