College Tennis 101
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  02/15/2011


Ivan Fernandez

Women’s Tennis Head Coach


As the spring semester gets underway, the Aggie women’s tennis season goes into full swing. Over the next three months we will play more than 20 matches, eight of them at home, leading to the season ending WAC Championships in Boise, Idaho.


Since becoming the women’s tennis head coach at New Mexico State, one of my goals has been to try to get more fans to come out, support the Aggies and see how much excitement college tennis has to offer.


The level of tennis that these student-athletes bring to NM State is of the highest caliber available other than that on the Pro Tour. Collegiate tennis also allows the fans to be within 10 feet of the action. This close proximity gives the spectators the opportunity to interact with the tennis players a lot more than many other sports and really makes the fans feel like they have a direct impact on the outcome of the match.


For those of you who have never attended a live collegiate tennis match, you would be surprised at how exhilarating it can be. The energy and excitement of a college match is intense, and being able to be so close to the players makes you feel part of the action.


Collegiate tennis is so much more than just watching a regular tennis match because of the team aspect. We play dual matches, which means head-to-head doubles and singles matches versus another university. The format is quite unique which adds to the excitement. We begin by playing three doubles matches that are played at the same time. One team has to win two of the three matches to earn one team point. Following the doubles, we play six singles matches worth one team point each that are again played at the same time. With the doubles and singles matches there are a total of seven team points available. The first team to accumulate four team points wins the dual match.


So imagine a dual match that is tied up at 3-3 and there is only one singles match left on the court. The outcome for the entire match comes down to one Aggie. You have both teams surrounding the court and the fans so close that they can see the yellow fuzz coming off the ball with each shot hit. It allows you to live each point with the players themselves. This is what makes collegiate tennis so exciting and it is something that all sports fans should experience.


My challenge to all the readers is to give us a chance to make all of you Aggie tennis fans. I promise you will not be disappointed.


The Aggie tennis teams have the potential to contend for the WAC Championship in April and are looking forward to an exciting spring season. We have a total of 14 men’s and women’s home matches here at the University Tennis Center on campus this semester, and attendance is free.

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