Aug. 7, 2006
Notre Dame’s official athletic website, www.und.com, will be the place to follow the University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team in its four-city, three-country tour of Europe from Aug. 8-20. Frequent updates from the road – including diaries and photo galleries – will be posted on und.com over the next two weeks. The Irish will begin their trip in Munich, Germany, before visiting both Salzburg and Vienna in Austria and concluding with a stop in Dublin, Ireland. All coverage of the trip can be accessed via the “European Tour” button on the men’s tennis page of und.com.
Six members of the 2005-06 squad reconvened after summer break on Monday – while three others will meet the travel party in Munich – and they will leave campus on Tuesday, heading to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport for a non-stop flight into Dublin. The team will arrive in the hometown of ND senior Barry King on Wednesday morning local time and will take advantage of an eight-hour layover to take a brief trip downtown to get a preview of the final leg of the venture.
Later that day, the Irish will fly on to Munich, arriving there Wednesday evening. The team will spend the next day in the capital of Bavaria before heading Southeast by train through the Black Forest and into Salzburg on the morning of Friday, Aug. 11. It will be just a brief stay there, as the Irish will head east to the nation’s capital, Vienna, on Saturday morning. Among the highlights of the stay in the hometown of Notre Dame senior Irackli Akhvlediani will be a match against a very strong Austrian team on Sunday.
On Wednesday, Aug. 16, the group will fly back to the Emerald Isle to spend the rest of the trip in the capital of Ireland. There the squad will play grasscourt matches on Friday and Saturday and also plan to take in an international friendly soccer match between Ireland and The Netherlands. The Dutch squad – which has been in the top 10 of the FIFA world rankings since 2002 – is currently ranked sixth in the world after being upset in the round of 16 of the World Cup earlier this summer. The Irish side did not qualify for the World Cup finals. The Notre Dame team will then return to campus on Sunday, Aug. 20 in time to begin fall-semester classes two days later.