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UF Men’s Tennis: Florida Tabbed No. 6 in Latest Oracle/ITA Rankings; No. 4 in USTA Top 25

First-year Blaise Bicknell (above) hopped into the top 100 with a career-high singles ranking of No. 90.
Photo By: Anissa Dimilta

The ITA released its first computerized rankings for the 2020 season, while the USTA announced its weekly top 25.

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced its weekly national rankings, as the Gators checked in at No. 6 in the nation by the ITA, while remaining No. 4 in the nation in the USTA’s latest rankings.

The ITA released its first computerized rankings for the 2020 season, introducing the top 50, as USC held steady at No. 1 after winning the National Team Indoors title, followed by No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 North Carolina. Michigan, semifinalists at National Team Indoors this past weekend, rose up the rankings nine spots from No. 13 to No. 4, while Texas rounds out the top five.

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In addition to the Oracle/ITA Top 25, the ITA also announced its updated Individual and Doubles rankings for the season thus far, as six Gators were listed among the Individual top 125 and three doubles tandems were named among the Doubles top 60.

Sophomore Sam Riffice remains the highest ranked American college tennis player at No. 4, while co-captain Oliver Crawford jumped up five spots to No. 18 in the country. Junior Duarte Vale, who leads the team thus far with a 10-2 singles record, remains in the top 25 at No. 21, as classmate Andy Andrade returns back into the top 90, at No. 84, with a 6-1 record on the year.

Freshman Blaise Bicknell moved into the top 100 for the first time, notching a career-high ranking of No. 90, while sophomore Lukas Greif rounds out UF’s ranked individuals at No. 108.

In the Doubles top 60, UF’s No. 1 tandem of Oliver Crawford and Sam Riffice remained in the top 15, at No. 14, while No. 2 duo of Johannes Ingildsen and Will Grant slid down to No. 33 in the nation. Ingildsen and Brian Berdusco round out UF’s ranked doubles pairs at No. 51.

The Gators return to action next Friday, Feb. 28, as Florida will begin conference play in hosting No. 48 Alabama to the Alfred A. Ring Complex for a 5 p.m. match.