Knowing he may log overtime on the court didn't stop the North Carolina freshman from posting an impressive
6-3, 6-2 win Wednesday afternoon against East Tennessee State's Juan Yannuzzi.
Monroe will now move on in the qualifying rounds of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association South Atlantic Regional Indoor Championships at UNC's Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
Tournament play begins at 8 a.m. today.
If Monroe can reel off two more victories today, he will earn the right to play in the 64-player singles bracket, which begins Friday.
Max Hilkey and Greg Archer, two of Monroe's teammates, also won their opening qualifying matches. Next up for Hilkey is Old Dominion's Calin Milos, and Archer will face Wake Forest's David Bere.
After some early jitters, Monroe said he was able to get the upper edge.
"In every first match of a tournament, I'm always tense," Monroe said. "The first few games I was kind of erratic, but I settled down and took advantage of some of his unforced errors."
Monroe's aggressive game plan was necessary to avoid falling into Yannuzzi's trap of long rallies.