CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –  The No. 18 Virginia men’s tennis team (6-5, 0-0 ACC) opens Atlantic Coast Conference play this weekend with matches at Duke (7-3, 0-0 ACC) on Friday, Mar. 4 at 3 p.m. and at North Carolina (5-4, 0-0 ACC) on Sunday, Mar. 6 at 11 a.m.


  • Live scoring will be available for the matches. Live video will be available for the Duke match. Links are posted on
  • The North Carolina match will take place at the Chapel Hill Tennis Club as the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center is under renovation


  • Virginia begins defense of its 2021 ACC Championship with the conference openers. UVA went 12-0 in ACC play last season
  • Virginia is coming off a bye-week after ITA Indoors. Despite the bye week, Virginia dropped to No. 18 in this week’s computerized ITA rankings
  • UVA’s five losses have all come against top-5 ranked teams. Ohio State, TCU and Florida account for four of those losses. All three of those teams have been ranked No. 1 this season
  • Virginia closed out ITA Indoors with a dominant 4-0 win against Washington
  • Jeffrey von der Schulenburg is 10-1 in dual matches this spring and has won his last five completed matches, including a victory against ITA Indoors MVP Sander Jong of TCU in the opening round of the tournament
  • Chris Rodesch is ranked no. 21 in singles with 14 victories this season
  • Iñaki Montes moved up to playing the top court at ITA Indoors. He is 8-2 in singles and currently ranked No. 48


  • Neither Duke nor North Carolina advanced out of ITA Kickoff Weekend to the ITA Indoor Championships
  • Duke is ranked No. 40 in the latest ITA team rankings. North Carolina is No. 27
  • Duke has won its last three matches including a 4-2 victory against Illinois
  • Garret Johns is 5-2 at the No. 1 slot. He is ranked No. 118
  • Faris Khan went 11-1 in the spring and is tied for the team lead with 15 singles victories and has a team-best winning percentage at 15-3. He is ranked No. 89
  • North Carolina has lost its last three matches including a non-conference contest against NC State and a 4-2 loss to Illinois
  • Brian Cernoch is this week’s ACC Player of the Week after topping No. 7 Alex Kotzen of Columbia. Cernoch is 9-7 in singles and ranked No. 73
  • Cernoch and Mac Kiger have risen to a No. 4 ranking in doubles
  • Virginia head coach Andres Pedroso is a Duke alum. Pedroso helped lead the Blue Devils to four ACC titles, was a two-time All-American and was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary Team
  • Pedroso and Duke head coach Ramsey Smith were teammates on the Blue Devils, both graduating in 2001 from Duke
  • Duke leads the all-time series, 55-45
  • North Carolina leads the all-time series 71-42
  • Virginia won two of the three meetings between the two teams last year, downing then-No. 1 UNC 6-1 in the regular-season meeting and 4-3 in the ACC Championship final. UNC won 4-2 at ITA Indoors en route to winning the title