Can Georgia Tennis Wrap Up G-Day With Another SEC Title?


In 1955,  Dan Magill accepted the Georgia Tennis head coaching position. He was not the first choice – or the second. After G-Day on Saturday, the Bulldog tennis team will battle Ole Miss at the Dan Magil Tennis Complex for Georgia’s thirty-eighth SEC title.

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he Georgia tennis team will not be at G-Day. It’s not lack of interest or a snubbing of the Bulldog Country’s national pastime.

The Netters are working.

The SEC tennis season boiled itself down to a few hours on Saturday when on Thursday the Dawgs defeated Arkansas and the Texas A&M tennis team defeated LSU. The win by the Aggies forces Georgia to win against Ole Miss at home at 5:00 PM Saturday to secure its twenty-ninth regular SEC tennis title. If the Dawgs can take down the fourteenth ranked Rebels, they will share the title with Texas A&M.

With the magnificent Dan Magill Tennis Center and Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame on campus, eight national championships, a total of 37 SEC titles, 36 NCAA Tournament appearances and 91 All-America honors, tennis is serious business in Athens.

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From 1955-88, Dan Magill reigned as the undisputed king of southern collegiate tennis, his Bulldog teams winning 13 SEC outdoor championships and eight indoor league titles, while five players won national collegiate individual titles. His 1985 and 1987 teams captured the NCAA Championships.

Remarkably, Head Coach Manuel Diaz is completing year 27 as successor to Coach Magill. The former Bulldog letterman and fiery master of Georgia Henry Field court one accepted the perfect handoff from Coach Magill. Not only has the Georgia tennis juggernaut not missed a step, it has soared beyond the remarkable accomplishments of Coach Magill’s tenure with four more national championships while reaching the finals seven more times, and 15 regular season SEC championships. Diaz was SEC Coach of the Year in 1989, 1995, 2001, 2006 and 2007. Counting SEC tournament and regular season together, he has 24 league titles in 26 years.

A win Saturday and Diaz and the Dawgs have one more title with this year’s SEC tourney coming up.

Diaz is the second winning-est SEC Tennis coach and the second winning-est Georgia tennis Coach.

Saturday’s match is at 5:00 PM at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, an easy walk from Sanford Stadium.

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