Men's tennis signee Markus Kerner is scheduled to play his first Davis Cup match this weekend, representing Estonia in its relegation play-off match against Bulgaria.
Kerner was listed on Estonia's team for its tie earlier this year against Ireland, but did not play. He is set to play singles against Dimitar Kuzmanov and Tihomir Grazdanov, two players ranked in the top 650 in the ATP World Rankings. Kerner, one of the Vols' two signees during the fall period, enters the weekend ranked No. 1343.
The Davis Cup is an annual international competition that pits country against country in team competition. Nine Vols have represented their nations in the Davis Cup over the years, including current sophomore Mikelis Libietis, who took the court for Latvia in 2011. Associate head coach Chris Woodruff played for the United States in 2000, winning a deciding match against Zimbabwe.
Former Vol Tennys Sandgren is also part of the Davis Cup action this weekend. He is serving as a hitting partner for the U.S. team as they get ready to play Serbia in Boise, Idaho.