Freshmen men fall in USTA/ITA National Tournament

Keshav Prathivadi

The Longhorn men’s team sent freshmen Yuya Ito and Christian Sigsgaard to New York to participate in the USTA/ITA National Indoor College Championships on Thursday. 

But the two came up short, both dropping their first-round matches. They will play in the consolation singles draw for the remainder of the tournament. 

“Christian and Yuya came up a little short, but honestly I think we played against the two guys in the tournament who simply have the most firepower,” head coach Michael Center said. “The guys did well in their matches today, but now we’ve got to get ready for a back draw [consolation draw]. We’re excited about getting started again tomorrow.” 

Coming off a semifinals appearance at the ITA All-American Championships, Sigsgaard fell to No. 1 Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State in straight sets. Ito took Georgia Tech’s No. 5 Chris Eubanks to three sets. 

Following the tournament, Ito and Sigsgaard will head back to Austin to prepare for the 2016–17 regular season, which starts in January.