Three current Vols are playing tennis tournaments this week in Europe.
SEC Player of the Year Mikelis Libietis and incoming freshman Markus Kerner are both playing at a Futures tournament in Kerner's hometown of Tallinn, Estonia. The pair won their opening-round doubles match together Monday and are set to play each other in the first round of singles today.
This week is the first ITF Futures event for Libietis this summer. The Vols' leader is expected to be one of the top-ranked players to start the fall season. He finished 2013 ranked No. 3 nationally in both singles and doubles.
Meanwhile, rising sophomore Bartosz Sawicki is also playing in his hometown at the Ponzan Challenger in Poland. He lost in the second round of singles qualifying over the weekend but received a wild card into doubles.
Vol fans have yet to see Sawicki and Kerner in action at Barksdale Stadium but both should provide a boost to the UT lineup, which lost its No. 5 and 6 starters -- Edward Jones and John Collins -- to graduation in May. Sawicki joined the team in January but must sit a year in residency and will be eligible in time for the 2014 team season. Kerner is one of two incoming freshman on the Vols' fall roster, joining Tennessee native Sean Karl. At 6-foot-5, Kerner is the top junior player coming out of Estonia this year.