Oct. 3, 2009
Fago entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed and defeated Georgia's Will Reynolds 7-5, 6-4. He later advanced past North Carolina-Wilmington's Kinshuk Sharma 6-3, 6-1.
Williams, seeded for the first time at No. 5, won his first-round match 6-2, 6-3 over Rafael Array of Armstrong Atlantic State. He then earned a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Furman's Andrei Chvetsov.
"I thought the guys competed really well today," Tennessee head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "Having Rhyne and Matteo advancing is great."
Freshman Edward Jones earned his first win over a ranked opponent with a straight-set victory over No. 1-seeded Carlos Alvarez of Clemson 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round. Alvarez is ranked 80th nationally by the ITA.
Jones lost his second match of the day 6-3, 6-3 to Lucas Viel of South Alabama.
"Ed beat a good, ranked player today, and that's great," Winterbotham said. "We keep seeing good results and improvements from our freshmen players. At times, they've shown us how good they can be. Now, we just need them to become more consistent from match to match."
Fago and Williams teamed up for doubles and defeated Georgia's Reynolds and Will Oliver 8-5.
Jones and redshirt freshman Patrick Taylor lost their doubles match to Georgia's Drake Bernstein and Alex Hill 10-8, 7-6. Sophomore Bryan Swartz and redshirt freshman Max Stevens also lost to a Georgia pair, falling 8-6 to Borja Malo and Christian Vitulli.