Scholtz Ready For Davis Cup

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Nik Scholtz
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Nik Scholtz
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Sept. 11, 2013

BLOG: Rebels In Davis Cup

TWITTER: @OleMissMTennis
FACEBOOK: OleMissMTennis

OXFORD, Miss. – While his teammates continue to prepare for the season opening tournament next weekend, Ole Miss men’s tennis junior Nik Scholtz is across the ocean with another set of teammates, as his country, South Africa, prepares to face Slovenia in Davis Cup action.

South Africa, looking to remain in Group I, will face Slovenia at Park Tivoli in Ljubljana, Slovenia.   If they lose this weekend, South Africa would face a match against Russia in October where a win would be necessary to avoid dropping down to Group II.

This marks the second time for Scholtz, a two-time All-American in singles and doubles, to represent his country in Davis Cup.

“It’s always exciting, whether it’s the first or second time,” said Scholtz, the day before he left to join his teammates in Slovenia.  “It’s going to be on clay this time, which makes it a little tougher for our guys, but it will be fun. I am looking forward to seeing all the guys again.  I am very grateful to the University of Mississippi for allowing me the opportunity to go and play for my country.”

Scholtz made his Davis Cup debut in September of last year when South Africa matched up against Canada.  While he had faced high-level competition playing in the SEC, nothing could compare to his first opponent, Milos Raonic, ranked 15th in the world at the time.

“It was awesome,” Scholtz said.  “Raonic is the best player I’ve ever played.  It was a good experience.  I learned a lot from it.   It doesn’t matter who you play, they’re going to be a good player.  He is obviously a couple levels higher than what we are used to.  It was fun to be able to play with those guys [like Raonic], but obviously experience-wise, they’re a little better, especially on the big points for example, when it’s 5-5, 30-30.”

His first time in the Davis Cup, Scholtz played on the hard courts, but as he noted, this weekend’s matches are being contested on clay.  Scholtz admitted it’s not his favorite surface, but he does have some pretty good results on clay from juniors.

“In juniors I played the top tournaments on really nice clay courts at really nice clubs,” he said.  “They are a lot better then what you might see at the Futures level.   We have a few clay courts [in South Africa], but we don’t host any tournaments on them.  With six days to prepare before the matches begin, we will definitely be ready and better adapted to the surface.”

Scholtz finished up the 2013 collegiate season advancing to the NCAA Semifinals in doubles and earning All-America honors in singles and doubles.  Following that, he played in several ITF Futures in Turkey with fellow countryman and Rebel alum, Tucker Vorster, and they won twice.    Scholtz talked about where his game is at heading
into this weekend and beyond.

“I took a long time off after Turkey to rest my arm.  So far I haven’t had any problems with my arm, so it was probably a good thing.   The first few days back were a little rusty, but I know when it comes time to play, I’ll be ready,” Scholtz said.

Follow all the action on www.daviscup.com, www.copadavis.com, @DavisCup on Twitter at DavisCupTennis on Facebook and on www.daviscup.tv.  

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • VIDEO: Four Months To SEC Network Launch

      Thursday, April 17, 2014 -

      read more

    • Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 12

      Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      With Billy Chadwick's last  regular season in the books, the Rebels seem to be peeking and hoping to make a final postseason run for the legendary head coach.  Corresponding with such, we are also getting down to our final stretch... read more

    • Chadwick: 'We Control Our Destiny'

      Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      One spot in the ITA national rankings can make all the difference.  Last season, San Diego, ranked No. 44 in the country, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, while crosstown rival, San Diego State, ranked No. 45, was... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (April 7-13)

      Monday, April 14, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 7-13, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss improved to 29-9 on the season and 9-6 in Southeastern Conference play after a pair of nonconference wins over Memphis and Murray State in the midweek and a series win... read more

    • Offense Sets Season Highs To Clinch Series

      Sunday, April 13, 2014 - Baseball

      Coming off a disappointing 6-5 loss in 10 innings Saturday, Ole Miss bounced back with a dominant 12-2 win Sunday to take the weekend series against Mississippi State in Starkville. At the plate, the Rebels set season high for runs... read more

    • Pitching, Defense Key Rebels To Win

      Friday, April 11, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss struck early with five runs over the first four innings, which Chris Ellis and Wyatt Short made hold up in a 6-1 win over Mississippi State Friday night at Dudy Noble Field. The leadoff man for Mississippi State... read more

    • Rebels Prepared For Possible Record Crowds

      Friday, April 11, 2014 - Baseball

      Riding a six-game win streak, Ole Miss travels to face Mississippi State in a three-game weekend series as part of Super Bulldog Weekend, which also includes Saturday's Maroon-White spring football game. Mississippi State has averaged 7,700 fans at Dudy Noble... read more

    • VIDEO: The Legend Of Billy Chadwick

      Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Men's Tennis

      Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      read more

    • VIDEO: Mike Bianco

      Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco recaps Wednesday's 8-5 win over Murray State and previews the upcoming three-game series at Mississippi State starting Friday at 6:30 p.m.... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Murray State Highlights

      Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - Baseball

      read more

    • Allen, Orvis Lead Barrage In Win Over Memphis

      Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - Baseball

      The Ole Miss offense exploded for nine runs on 14 hits in a 9-1 win over Memphis at AutoZone Park. The barrage included five multi-hit games and a season-high seven extra-base hits, including home runs by Will Allen and Sikes... read more

    • Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 13

      Monday, April 7, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      We begin this week with No. 13 and entering the 2002 season for the Ole Miss tennis team.  The Southeastern Conference implemented a new setup, dividing the conference into two divisions - SEC East and SEC West.  This moment... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (March 31-April 6)

      Monday, April 7, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewMarch 31-April 6, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss picked up its second sweep in SEC play with three wins over the Auburn Tigers this past weekend, including a doubleheader sweep Saturday.- Left-handed pitcher Christian Trent posted a... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Auburn Highlights

      Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Baseball

       Game One HighlightsGame Two Highlights... read more