Deacs Ranked Second Nationally in Preseason
Jan. 4, 2017

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Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMTennis)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- In the 2017 ITA preseason poll, the Wake Forest men's tennis team is ranked second nationally, the best ranking in program history.

The highest the Demon Deacons were ever ranked before was fifth in February 2016. Wake Forest's previous preseason-best ranking also came last year at No. 11

Wake Forest is coming off its first-ever ACC Tournament title, beating Virginia in the championship match. The Cavaliers enter 2017 as the top-ranked team in the country.

Thanks largely to winning the ITA All-American Championship, Wake Forest sophomore Petros Chrysochos enters the spring as the top-rated singles player in the nation. An All-American and the ACC Freshman of the Year last year, Chrysochos knocked off six consecutive top-50 foes in Tulsa to claim the program's first-ever ITA All-American Championship in October.

Chrysochos is followed closely by junior Skander Mansouri, who enters the spring ranked fourth in the country in singles. Last year, he became the third Demon Deacon to be an All-American in both singles and doubles play. He went 33-11 a season ago, including a 14-7 record in Wake Forest's top lineup slot.

Christian Seraphim enters the singles rankings the first time in his career, leaping into the No. 21 spot. He had a strong fall after leading the Demon Deacons with a team-best 35 singles victories a season ago.

Redshirt freshman Alan Gadjiev heads into his first competitive spring season ranked No. 122 nationally. He capped off his fall by defeating four straight foes to win his bracket at the Wake Forest Invitational in November.



In doubles, Seraphim and Mansouri enter the spring as the top-ranked duo in the nation. After entering the fall ranked third, Seraphim and Mansouri went to Flushing, New York, and won the doubles title at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in November to earn the top spot.

Wake Forest opens its spring slate on Jan. 14, playing host to North Florida (10 a.m.) and East Tennessee State (6 p.m.).

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