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Happy Birthday - April 30

We're celebrating two Big Orange birthdays on this final day of April as we send happy birthday wishes to men's tennis player Bartosz Sawicki and to baseball VFL Phil Garner

A junior from Poznan, Poland, Bart Sawicki owns a career singles record of 22-15 during his time on Rocky Top. During the 2014-15 year, Sawicki is 15-10 in singles and began his spring season at 2-1 at the No. 5 position in UT's singles lineup. In the fall, he won his first collegiate singles title after claiming three matches to win the second flight of the UTC/Steve Baras Fall Classic. Born this day in 1992, Sawicki is 23 years old today.

As an infielder out of Jefferson City, Tennessee, Garner played 15 seasons in the majors before transitioning to a manager role. He made his Major League debut in 1973 with the Oakland Athletics and made stops with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Francisco Giants before ending his playing days in 1988. Four years later, in 1992, Garner became the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. He spent seven seasons in Milwaukee before taking over for the Detroit Tigers in 2000. His last stint as manager came from 2004-07 when he led the Houston Astros. Under his leadership, the Astros made a World Series appearance in 2005.

Happy birthday, Bart and Phil!

Happy Birthday - April 30: Sawicki and Garner

On April 30, we send Happy Birthday wishes to sophomore men's tennis player Bartosz Sawicki and legendary Vol baseball star Phil Garner, who has his No. 18 jersey retired at Tennessee. 

Trio of Current Vols in Tennis Action

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.