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September 12, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Liberty University Invitational begins on Friday afternoon at the Cook Tennis Center.

The Liberty University Invitational begins on Friday afternoon at the Cook Tennis Center.

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The Flames men's tennis team will open its fall 2019 season by hosting the Liberty University Invitational, Friday through Sunday at the Cook Tennis Center.

Eight players on Liberty's roster will compete at the event, which will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday.

"Our team is excited about competing on our home courts. We are focusing on building our competitive mindset and fighting for each other," said Liberty Men's Tennis Head Coach Derek Schwandt.  

Event/Days/Location: Liberty Invitational | Friday-Sunday | Cook Tennis Center
Participating Teams: Liberty, Virginia Tech, James Madison, East Carolina, Furman, Richmond, Kennesaw State and Elon
Liberty Flames Players Participating: William Barker, Chase Burton, Joseph Emerson, Goncalo Ferreira, Steve Mundt, Ian Sturgill, Deji Thomas-Smith and Josh Wilson
Format: Bracket Play, Three Brackets for Doubles (Red, White and Blue), Three for Singles (Red, White and Blue) | Draws
Tentative Weekend Schedule:
Friday, 1 p.m.
Doubles for all teams first, first round of singles to follow
Saturday, 9 a.m.
Doubles for all teams first, second and third round of singles to follow
Sunday, 12 p.m.
Doubles for all teams first, fourth round of singles to follow
Social Media: Follow @LUMensTennis on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend, including potential changes due to weather.

The Flames also hosted the Liberty University Invitational in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, Liberty posted a combined 29-15 mark (22-10 singles, 7-5 doubles). Vince Salas claimed a singles and doubles title (alongside Farid Juri), while Nicaise Muamba finished with a 3-1 singles mark and earned runner-up honors in the top draw, the Red draw.