When you’re used to the Dan Magill Tennis Complex and the pleasant weather of the Classic City, you may wonder why anyone would ever play tennis anywhere other than outdoors. However, the climate can be a bit different in Flushing, N.Y., in November, which may explain why the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships were held at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center on Thursday.
Perhaps appropriately at a facility named for a famous female netter, the Georgia women’s tennis team produced the Bulldogs’ greatest success when senior Chelsey Gullickson won her tenth consecutive singles match. Gullickson improved to 14-1 this autumn by dispatching Natalie Pluskota of Tennessee, 6-3, 6-3, but she and teammate Lilly Kimbell were bested in doubles by the Notre Dame tandem, 8-2.
In the men’s singles bracket, seniors Sadio Doumbia and Wil Spencer both fell in the first round. Doumbia was defeated by Eric Quigley of Kentucky, 6-3, 7-6(2), while Spencer was upset by Remi Boutillier of Fresno State, 6-3, 6-2. Spencer previously faced, and beat, Boutillier in the quarterfinals of last month’s ITA All-American Championships. The loss dropped Spencer to 13-2 for the fall.