The TCU Men’s Tennis team opened the 2020 season as the No. 8 team in the country. TCU moved down in the rankings after some tough losses early on, but the Horned Frogs have worked their way back, earning No. 8 in this week’s Oracle/ITA Division I Men’s Tennis Rankings after two straight victories over top-14 programs.
The Horned Frogs were ranked 12th last week, but a 4-0 shutout against No. 14 Ole Miss and a 4-1 win over No. 8 Stanford quickly moved TCU up the ladder. The Horned Frogs (9-4) will face five consecutive nonconference opponents, including No. 9 Columbia, No. 43 Tulane and No. 47 Illinois, before opening Big 12 Conference play at home against No. 21 Oklahoma State on March 27.
TCU will look to gain steam entering conference play, as the Big 12 will once again feature a gauntlet of tough opponents beginning with the Cowboys. Fortunately, the Horned Frogs will play three of their five Big 12 matches at home, but TCU must hit the road to take on No. 20 Texas Tech and No. 3 Texas. All six Big 12 teams are currently ranked in the top 32.
In addition to reaching No. 8 in the polls, TCU saw two individuals (Alastair Gray and Luc Fomba) receive career-high rankings in this week’s Oracle/ITAs. Gray moved up 20 spots to No. 30 after a big upset over Stanford’s Axel Geller in straight sets. Fomba inched up two spots to No. 77. The Horned Frogs now have four top-120 singles players and two top-55 doubles combos.