The TCU men’s tennis team aims to bring a competitive spirit both on the court and in the stands as they host rival Southern Methodist University on Friday.
The No. 51-ranked Horned Frogs raised two thousand dollars over the past few weeks from individual supports of the men’s tennis team to give away to fans, head coach David Roditi said.
“We want to keep pushing the boundaries of how we can entertain students and fans that show up to cheer us on,” Roditi said. “Because it’s a big rivalry, we wanted to do something different to get the fans loud.”
Roditi said that students should get there early to secure their place in the competition. The first 500 fans to arrive are eligible to receive a tennis ball to throw at a large target on the court following the match.
TCU is 7-4 overall, with all of its losses coming from top-20 ranked opponents. SMU is 2-4 overall, and will travel to Fort Worth after winning back-to-back matches.
This will be the 55th time the two cross-town rivals have met, making SMU the most played opponent in TCU tennis history. In the all-time series, SMU holds a slight 28-26 edge, but TCU has won three of the last four matches.
“Having beat SMU in the past is an achievement we want to continue because they always seem to play their best against us, which is why we need a loud crowd,” Roditi said. “Your fans inspire you, give you confidence and hearing them yell for you picks you up when things aren’t going well.”
Roditi said the team strategy going into the game is to pick up the doubles point early in the match and carry that advantage into singles.
The first serve is set for 5:30 p.m.