Gators Fall in Heartbreaker Against No. 5 TCU

FORT WORTH, Texas – The No. 1 Florida Gators’ first dual matchup of the season came down to the wire as No. 5 TCU won 4-3 in an almost four-hour fight on Friday night at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

TCU had a 3-0 lead, until the Gators clawed their way back to tie it all at 3-3. The Horned Frogs went up early after claiming the doubles point, winning two of three doubles matches.

The Gators claimed the first match on court three when the No. 51 pairing of Andy Andrade and Mattias Siimar put together a bagel to defeat TCU’s Juan Carlos Aguilar and Tim Ruehl, 6-0.

Abedallah Shelbayh and Duarte Vale dropped their match to Sander Jong and Lui Maxted, 3-6, on court two as TCU would tie the doubles matches at 1-all. The Horned Frogs clinched the doubles point when Jake Fearnley and Luc Fomba defeated Sam Riffice and Ben Shelton, 6-4, on court one.

It all came down to singles for the Gators.

After going down 3-0 early to TCU with losses on courts one and two, the Gators battled back with three-straight singles victories in exciting fashion.

It started at court four when No. 107 Andrade beat TCU’s Tomas Jirousek in three sets. Andrade

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