Deacs Land Three in ITA Preseason Rankings
Sept. 12, 2017

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMTennis)

TEMPE, Ariz. – Three members of the Wake Forest men’s tennis team appeared in the Oracle/ITA Preseason Rankings which were announced Tuesday (Sept. 12)

Highlighting the rankings for the Demon Deacons were the duo of Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim, who enter 2017-18 as the No. 1-ranked doubles team in the country. The top-ranked doubles team for much of the 2016-17 season, Mansouri and Seraphim made a run to the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship while claiming the 2016 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Doubles Championship. The pair finished the season ranked second nationally and enter their senior seasons tied for third in program history in career doubles victories (93). Mansouri and Seraphim are on pace to break the program record of 108 career doubles wins, set by Cory Parr (2005-09).

Three Deacs appear in the singles rankings, with two earning top-10 nods. Petros Chrysochos enters his junior season as the No. 3 singles player in the country after earning All-American honors in each of his first two seasons at Wake Forest. A year ago, Chrysochos spent the entire season ranked in the top 5 and was the top-ranked player in the country for seven weeks. During the fall semester, the junior claimed the ITA Men’s All-American Singles Championship.

Mansouri is also ranked nationally in singles, as he begins the season at No. 10 in the rankings. A four-time All-American in singles and doubles combined, Mansouri was ranked as high as No. 4 nationally a season ago before finishing the year 13th in the country with a team leading 36 singles victories, tied for the second most in program history. The Demon Deacons are the only team in the country to place two players in the top 10.

 

 

Seraphim joins Mansouri in being ranked in both singles and doubles, as the senior begins the year 46th nationally. A native of Munich, Germany, Seraphim heads into his final season of competition with 97 career singles victories and is on pace to break Wake Forest’s record of 114 career singles victories.

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