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Texas men’s tennis wins first national title

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Despite the scandal surrounding former head coach Michael Center, the Longhorns overcame adversity to become national champions.

Colin Markes
Courtesy of Joe Murphy/USTA

In Orlando on Sunday, the Texas Longhorns men’s tennis team defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 4-1 to claim the program’s first national championship a little more than two months after the termination of former head coach Michael Center for his involvement in the nationwide college admissions scandal.

Interim head coach Bruce Berque is now the favorite to take over after helping his players overcome that scandal.

Wake Forest was able to take the doubles point strike first in Orlando, but the singles matches all went in favor of Texas — No. 1 singles Christian Sigsgaard beat Borna Gojo, 6-3, 6-4, No. 6 singles Rodrigo Banzer defeated Siddhant Banthia, 7-5, 6-4, No. 5 singles Colin Markes fought past Melios Efstathiou, 6-4, 7-5, and No. 2 singles Yuya Ito secured the title with a three-set victory over Petros Chrysochos — 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Chrysochos won the singles championship last season for Wake Forest, which took home the 2018 team title, as well.