Mississippi State tennis

Strahinja Rakic, left, Nuno Borges are two of the Mississippi State men's tennis players participating in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships.

Mississippi State’s fantastic four will also take the court once again in Orlando, Fla. this week.

Senior men’s tennis players Nuno Borges, Strahinja Rakic, Niclas Braun and junior Giovanni Oradini begin competition at the NCAA Division I Individual Championships Monday.

After losing in the Round of 16 as a team to TCU a couple of weeks ago, the Bulldogs are chomping at the bit to get back on the court for competition.

It has been quite an impressive first year of tennis at Mississippi State for freshman Emma Antonaki.

Antonaki claimed second team All-Southeastern Conference honors, SEC All-Freshman team recognition and has acquired a No. 59 ITA singles ranking.

On Monday, Antonaki will represent the Bulldogs at the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Individual Championships in Orlando, Fla. She is only the third true freshman for MSU women’s tennis ever to qualify for the NCAA Individual Championships.

College tennis gives players the chance to continue their careers a little longer as individuals even though the team is eliminated.

To follow their progress, read the sports pages of the Starkville Daily News.

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