Men’s Tennis Hosts Stetson Thursday, Travels to South Alabama Sunday – FGCU Athletics
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team (5-3) is back in action at 7 p.m. Thursday, opening ASUN Conference play by hosting Stetson (8-3) at the FGCU Tennis Complex. The Eagles will head to Mobile, Ala., for non-conference action against South Alabama (6-4) at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Thursday’s match was rescheduled from Friday due to potential inclement weather forecasted for Friday morning.
The Green & Blue is coming off a 4-0 defeat at the hands of No. 47 Miami on Feb. 25. The Hatters look to rebound from a 4-1 loss at Georgia Southern on Feb. 19. The Jaguars earned a 6-1 victory against New Orleans on Feb. 17.
Redshirt junior Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) leads the Eagles with a 6-1 record in singles. Johnson and senior Max Damm (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal School) lead FGCU with six doubles victories against just one loss – defeating teams from Southern Miss, Bucknell, Georgia State South Florida and Mercer.
Johnson was crowned ASUN Player of the Week on Feb. 22, for his first ASUN POW honor. Damm earned the award on Jan. 18.
The Eagles have faced the Hatters 19 times, and Stetson lead the series with a narrow 10-9 record – but the Green & Blue has won the last four matchups. FGCU earned a 4-3 victory on March 25, 2022, in DeLand.
FGCU has battled against the Jaguars four times, with South Alabama leading the series 4-0.
For complete coverage of FGCU men’s tennis, follow the Eagles on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @FGCU_MTen and online at www.FGCUAthletics.com. You can also sign up to have news on FGCU men’s tennis or other programs delivered directly to your inbox by visiting www.fgcuathletics.com/email.
FGCU is led by three-time ASUN Coach of the Year CJ Weber, who has coached 32 ASUN All-Conference selections since joining the Green and Blue in 2011. In his 12th year, Weber has compiled a 129-97 (.566) overall record and a 52-19 (.732) record in ASUN play. In 2014-15, Weber guided the Eagles to their first-ever ASUN Championship and first-ever ASUN Regular Season title after a program-best 17 wins. In his third season, Weber led Jordi Vives to a No. 35 national ranking, a nation-leading 14-match unbeaten streak and the round of 32 in the 2014 NCAA Tournament – the program’s first appearance. The Eagles completed a perfect ASUN regular season in both 2015 and 2016, finishing with conference titles as well as a Coach of the Year honor for Weber. FGCU again won the 2017 ASUN Championship and made its second NCAA appearance. The Eagles returned to the mountaintop by claiming the 2019 regular season and tournament championships. Weber earned his third ASUN Coach of the Year honor and led the Green and Blue to their third trip to the NCAA Tournament. In 2022, Weber led the Eagles to another ASUN regular-season title while reaching #65 in the ITA rankings, the highest in program history.
IT TAKES A TEAM to achieve our newest goal – a $10 million campaign to address student-athlete needs in continued academic success, life skills, mental health, nutrition, and strength and conditioning as well as departmental needs in facility expansion and improvement as well as mentoring and leadership training for coaches and staff. The name embodies our mission and the purpose of the E.A.G.L.E. Campaign – Eagle Athletics Generating Lifetime Excellence. Join Our Team and pledge your gift today to help the Eagles of tomorrow!
FGCU Athletics sponsors events in November and April to benefit the FGCU Campus Food Pantry ( and the Harry Chapin Food Bank (www.harrychapinfoodbank.org), FGCU Athletics’ charities of choice. For more information, including how to make a contribution, please visit utilize the hashtag #FeedFGCU to help raise awareness.
FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 94 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 15-plus seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 11-plus seasons of D-I postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 47 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. In 2022, the men’s golf team became the first program to earn an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. Eight FGCU programs have earned a top-25 national ranking in their respective sport – including women’s basketball (No. 20, 2021-22 and No. 25 in 2022-23) beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) as four of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Green & Blue posted a department-best sixth-place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 showing nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and state of Florida best seven teams earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their Academic Progress Rate in their sport. FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.66 GPA in the classroom in the fall 2022 semester and has outperformed the general University undergraduate population for 27 consecutive semesters. The past seven semesters (Fall 2019 – Fall 2022) saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0-or-higher cumulative team GPA. The Eagles also served an all-time high 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.