Kentucky men's tennis senior Eric Quigley and former Cat Brad Cox fell in the opening round of the Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championship doubles tournament 6-3, 6-4 to Mathieu Rodrigues and Clement Reix of France at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex on Monday.
Quigley and Cox, who received a wild-card spot into the doubles main draw, dropped back-to-back breaks in the first set and lost serve once in the second on their way to defeat.
The big upset of the day belonged to Erik Chvojka of Canada, who knocked out eighth-seeded Amer Delic 7-5, 7-6. Delic was the 2006 tournament runner-up and was once ranked No. 60 in the world. Top seed James Ward also moved on Monday, beating Rodrigues 6-2, 6-3.
Quigley and UK senior-to-be Alex Musialek begin play in the singles main draw Tuesday night. Quigley, who earned All-America honors in singles the past two seasons, will take on Tennessee's top returner and former Intercollegiate Tennis Association No. 1 Rhyne Williams. Musialek, All-Southeastern Conference the past two seasons, will face former North Carolina standout Nicholas Monroe.
Mitchell joining 'Jorts' for doubles
Kentucky women's basketball coach Matthew Mitchell will be the fourth participant in Celebrity Doubles Cats Clash Tuesday at 7 p.m. before the featured matches at the Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships.
Mitchell joins former UK center Josh Harrellson, assistant men's Coach Orlando Antigua and Kyle Macy of the 1978 NCAA champs.