Clemson's Maden brothers matched against SEC opponents in NCAA tourney

Yannick Maden begins singles play today against Vanderbilt's Gonzales Austin

Men's Tennis - Yannick Maden

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Men's Tennis - Yannick Maden

Clemson’s Yannick Maden and his brother Dominique Maden will begin play at the NCAA Individual Men’s Tennis Tournament on Wednesday at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Urbana, Illinois.

Yannick Maden is one of 64 singles players competing for the National Championship in singles. He along with his brother, Dominique, will also compete in the NCAA Individual Doubles Tournament. The doubles tournament is composed of the top-32 doubles teams in the country.

Yannick Maden will begin play on Wednesday when he meets Gonzales Austin of Vanderbilt at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Austin is ranked 48th nationally according to the latest poll. Yannick and Dominique Maden will play their first match on Thursday when the Tiger duo meets Jarryd Botha and David Vieyra of Alabama. The Alabama team is seeded 5-8 in the tournament and is ranked seventh nationally.

The Maden brothers’ participation marks the first time since the 2006 season that Clemson men's tennis players have participated in the NCAA Individual Singles and Doubles Tournaments.

Yannick Maden is ranked 26th nationally in singles. He is now 25-8 overall in singles and 19-5 in dual matches at number-one singles.

The doubles team of Yannick Maden and Dominique Maden is ranked 11th in the nation according to the latest poll. The Madens are now 23-6 on the year, and have a 13-3 mark in dual matches.

In the second round of the NCAA Team Tournament, the Madens upset the nation’s number-one ranked doubles team of Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese from Tennessee, 9-8 in the second round.

The Maden brothers are the first doubles team consisting of brothers to start for the Tigers since the 1913 season (100 years ago) whenbrothers John and James Erwin teamed together for two years. In 1913, John and James Erwin won the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) Doubles Championship after James won the SIAA Singles Title. The SIAA composed of many of today’s Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference teams.

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