FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas will be represented in both the NCAA individual singles and doubles tournaments with the selection to the field of Razorback juniors Rohan Gajjar and Adrian Zguns.
The individual championships begin Thursday, May 26, at College Station, Texas, but the brackets will not be announced until the day before.
Gajjar, a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection, is competing in the singles tournament, and Gajjar and Zguns are playing in the doubles tournament.
Gajjar is one of 64 individuals in the nation and one of only 14 players from the SEC to earn a bid. Gajjar and Zguns are one of only 32 doubles teams, including 14 from the SEC, to gain a spot in the field. Gajjar is ranked No. 62 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings while Gajjar and Zguns are ranked No. 31.
“This is reflective of a great year for Rohan,” UA head coach Robert Cox says. “He had a great fall and an even better spring. He played one or two all year and played good, consistent, solid tennis in the toughest conference in the country. He was a lot more consistent than in the past. He came to play every day and it paid off.”
Gajjar is 21-14 in singles, including 11-8 at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, and 6-5 in the Southeastern Conference. The Mumbai, India, native advanced to the finals of the ITA Region V Championships, earned a spot in the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships and owns a 10-6 mark in tournament play. Gajjar owns five wins over ranked players this year, including a 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 decision over then-No. 16 John Isner of Georgia and a 6-4, 7-6 win over then-No. 40 Devin Mullings of Ohio State.
In doubles, Gajjar and Zguns, who was 17-12 in singles, are 11-12, but they won the ITA Region V Championships and have three wins over ranked opponents.
“They’ve played most of the year at No. 1 and have been very, very consistent,” Cox says. “They may not have the best record in the tournament, but they are as good as anybody.”
Their selection continues a streak of having Razorbacks invited to the NCAA individual tournaments. Last year, Zguns went 1-1 in the individual tournament while Nathan Price and Matt Simpson lost in the first round of the doubles tournament.