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Notre Dame Hosts First Annual Bobby Bayliss Invitational This Weekend
Former Notre Dame men's tennis head coach Bobby Bayliss.
 
Former Notre Dame men's tennis head coach Bobby Bayliss.

Oct. 3, 2013

NOTRE DAME, Ind. --- The University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team will welcome four opposing teams to the Courtney Tennis Center and the Eck Tennis Pavilion the weekend for the first annual Bobby Bayliss Invitational.

The three-day tournament gets underway on Friday at 2 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday’s play starting at 9 a.m. Going off the rankings at the end of last season, the no. 31 Irish will be joined by Western Michigan, Cleveland State, no. 47 Louisville and no. 45 Michigan State.

Players will be grouped in pools, and the tournament will follow a point system based on match wins in certain pools. At the end of the weekend, the points will be tallied to crown a Most Outstanding Player and an all-tournament team for the invitational.

“It’s nice for our guys to be able to play at home,” said volunteer assistant coach Cris James. “It’s a good opportunity for them to all get a lot of matches in. We’re hoping to do really well in this tournament, but more importantly, we hope that the guys show improvement on the things we’ve been working on in practice.”

Previously titled the Tom Fallon Invitational after the Irish men’s tennis coach from 1957-1987, the tournament was renamed the Bobby Bayliss Invitational this year following the retirement of Bayliss at the end of the 2012-13 season. Bayliss’ career at Notre Dame included 22 NCAA Championships appearances, including an NCAA runner-up finish in 1992. The Irish also won the BIG EAST Championships nine times under the former coach. Bayliss was inducted into the ITA Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame earlier in 2013.

"Bobby is a fixture of the program, and we wanted to recognize him for all he has done to elevate this program to new heights," said head coach Ryan Sachire. "He left a legacy few in the sport can match. It's only fitting to name the tournament after him."


 

 

A complete recap of the Bobby Bayliss Invitational will be available at the conclusion of each day on UND.com.

--Lauren Chval, Media Relations Assistant

 

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February 5
L, 5-2
Illinois
Champaign, Illinois (Atkins Tennis Center)
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February 7
W, 5-2
Indiana
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
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February 7
W, 7-0
Ball State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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February 13
4:00 PM
Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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February 21
10:00 AM
Kentucky
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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February 21
6:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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February 28
12:00 PM
Ohio State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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March 3
TBA
Boston College
Boston, Massachusetts (TBA)
March 6
12:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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March 11
11:00 AM
Clemson
Clemson, South Carolina (Hoke Sloan Tennis Center)
March 13
1:00 PM
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, North Carolina (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)
March 18
3:30 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

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March 20
12:00 PM
Miami
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

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March 25
3:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia (Snyder Tennis Complex)
March 27
2:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Georgia (Byers Tennis Complex)
April 1
3:30 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

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April 3
12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

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April 8
3:30 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

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April 17
1:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, North Carolina (J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center)
April 21
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ACC Championships
Cary, North Carolina (Cary Tennis Center)
April 22
All Day
ACC Championships
Cary, North Carolina (Cary Tennis Center)
April 23
All Day
ACC Championships
Cary, North Carolina (Cary Tennis Center)
April 24
All Day
ACC Championships
Cary, North Carolina (Cary Tennis Center)

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