Men’s Tennis Hosts Four-in-the-Fall


Fordham Men’s Tennis was able to get some home cooking this past weekend. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

Dominic Capone, Staff Writer

Fordham Men’s Tennis is back in the Bronx, as the Rams hosted the Fordham Four-in-the-Fall tournament. Three tough opponents traveled to the Hawthorn/Rooney Courts to duke it out: the Marist Red Foxes, Fairleigh Dickinson Knights and St. Francis of Brooklyn Terriers.

This two-day event was held over the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6.

Fordham had some good showings during its season opener at Quinnipiac, and the team looked to continue this energy at the tournament.
Junior Alex Makatsaria had no problems this weekend as he dominated winning the Becker singles title. The Singapore native bounced Marist’s Augusto Gonzalez Bonorino in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. Makatsaria followed up with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over FDU’s Niclas Pietsch to advance to the flight final. He met Thomas Lake and escaped with 7-6(2), 6-2 win.

Makatsaria, who won Fordham player of the year last season, teamed up with Jofre Segarra in the Bryan double flight, winning 7-6 over FDU’s Andrei Oprizor and Taiga Koyama.

Steven Duka split his two matches in the Djokovic singles flight, defeating St. Francis’ Stefan Gmijovic in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4 and then falling to Marist’s Kian Yazdi, 6-4, 6-3.

Fabian Mauritzson, who won the B Singles flight at the Quinnipiac Invitational, struggled this week, losing in his first round matchup against FDU’s Teodors Pukse, 5-7, 6-3, 10-3.

Fordham now has some time off before they travel to Philadelphia to compete in the ITA Regionals on Oct. 17-20.