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Junior Alex Brown hits the ball while competing against Minnesota on April 4. The Men's Tennis team hopes to continue their winning streak for their upcoming games.

Illinois captures close match against Northwestern

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer April 18, 2021

For the first time in 56 days, the Illinois men’s tennis team hovered on the brink of defeat while playing away at Northwestern.  The Wildcats got their game rolling after securing the first point...

Senior Noe Khlif lunges to hit a ball in a singles match against Minnesota on April 4. The Illinois men's tennis team will travel to Evanston, Illinois on Sunday to play  Northwestern and hope to continue their winning streak.

Illinois looks to extend winning streak at Northwestern, build on season’s successes

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer April 17, 2021

The Illinois men’s tennis team is in for somewhat of a treat. After cementing their names as Big Ten West champions, the Illini get to have a little break, with their schedule easing up before the postseason...

Senior Zeke Clark waits for the serve during the match against Minnesota April 4. Clark recently secured his 100th career singles victory, becoming the 16th player in program history to reach that mark.

Illini of the Week: Zeke Clark reflects on 100th career singles win, team’s journey to Big Ten West division title

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer April 15, 2021

Tennis is mainly reactionary. Control can be hard to come by, and as Zeke Clark will admit, coming to terms with that hasn’t been so natural for him, especially in his early years at Illinois. Throughout...

Junior Kweisi Kenyatte and senior Aleks Kovacevic high five each other after winning a point in their doubles match against Minnesota on April 4 at Atkins Tennis Center. The Illini men's tennis team were named Big Ten West division champions after a successful weekend in Iowa and Nebraska.

Illini claim Big Ten West title after momentous weekend in Iowa, Nebraska

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer April 11, 2021

Wins continue to flow in for the Illinois men’s tennis team, and after a weekend on the road, the Illini established their reign in the Big Ten. For the 2021 season, the Big Ten divided its standings...

Junior Kweisi Kenyatte and his teammates cheer on a fellow player in a match against Minnesota on Sunday. The Illinois men's tennis team will travel to Iowa and Nebraska this weekend in hopes of keeping their winning streak alive.

Illinois set to continue hot streak against Iowa, Nebraska

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer April 8, 2021

The No. 14 Illinois men’s tennis team can’t seem to stop reeling in wins. With their imposing presence on the court, the Illini have a resounding winning streak of 10 and sport a solid 14-2 record....

Redshirt sophomore Siphosothando Montsi returns the ball in his singles match against a player from Minnesota on Sunday. The Illinois men's tennis team defeated both Wisconsin and Minnesota this weekend at Atkins Tennis Center.

Illinois finishes strong at Atkins, defeats Wisconsin, Minnesota

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer April 4, 2021

Illinois closed out its final weekend matches at Atkins Tennis Center, playing against two familiar faces: Wisconsin and Minnesota. Though the No. 12 Illini took some losses out on the courts both days,...

Redshirt junior Alex Clark and senior Zeke Clark celebrate after winning a point against Michigan on Friday. The Illinois men’s tennis team will face Wisconsin and Minnesota this weekend as they move closer to competing for tournament titles.

Illinois searches for success, aims for tournament titles

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer April 1, 2021

As the matches in the regular season dwindle to six, the Illinois men’s tennis team moves closer to competing for tournament titles. But before Illinois can focus on its postseason, it will face Wisconsin...

Siphosothando Montsi cooks up savory season

Siphosothando Montsi cooks up savory season

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer March 31, 2021

Around 3 p.m. Sunday, Siphosothando Montsi hunkered down at Slim Chickens, eating a post-match meal with a few teammates. He was exhausted, relieved and hungry. Hungry for a meal of seven chicken tenders,...

Senior Noe Khlif lunges to hit a ball during a match against the University of Michigan on Friday. The Fighting Illini men’s tennis team have reigned in eight consecutive wins with their most recent being against Michigan and Michigan State this past weekend.

Illinois shuts out Michigan, Michigan State with contributions from all players

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer March 28, 2021

This weekend, the Illinois men’s tennis team welcomed Michigan and Michigan State to Urbana and sent both of them back on the road with big losses. In a 5-2 victory, Illinois snapped Michigan’s eight-win...

Junior Alex Brown celebrates after a play against Penn State on Feb. 19. Multiple players on the men’s tennis team received honorable rankings from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association ahead of their matches against Michigan and Michigan State this weekend.

Illinois earns spots in national rankings ahead of matches against Michigan, Michigan State

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer March 26, 2021

Fresh off a road win against Purdue, the Illinois men’s tennis team will return to Atkins Tennis Center to face Michigan at 3 p.m. Friday and Michigan State at 1 p.m. Sunday. The last time the Illini...

Senior Aleks Kovacevic eyes the ball during an outside match. Kovacevic recently made it to the semifinals in the Association of Tennis Professionals Cleveland Challenger this weekend. On Sunday, the Illinois men’s tennis team also defeated Purdue 6-1.

Kovacevic competes in Challenger, Illinois persists in singles play to sweep Purdue

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer March 22, 2021

After a great display of determination during the 6-1 road win against Purdue, the No. 9 Illinois men’s tennis team achieved its sixth consecutive victory of the season. The Illini originally were supposed...

Kweisi Kenyatte celebrates after a play against Northwestern on Sunday. The Fighting Illini are getting ready to compete against the Purdue Boilermakers this weekend in Indiana.

Illinois aims to pick up road wins against Indiana, Purdue

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer March 19, 2021

With the wild Midwest winter season drawing to an end, the Illinois men's tennis team will play its weekend matches at Bloomington and West Lafayette, Indiana, outside — granted, the weather cooperates. Outdoor...

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