ATHENS, Ga. – Arkansas junior Oskar Johansson has advanced to the second round of the 2000 Men’s Tennis Championships in Athens, Ga. Wednesday afternoon.
Johansson defeated Mississippi State’s Jeremy Bayon 6-2, 6-3.
“It was a good win for Oskar,” Arkansas head coach Robert Cox said. “It’s a shame he had to play another SEC opponent, but Oskar came through with the victory. You could tell that his experiences last year helped him today.
“It is easy to be shaken up a little bit when you are playing in front of your peers,” Cox said. “He was less nervous playing in a big stadium with a large crowd.”
The tournament began with the top 64 players in the nation and will be down to 32 by the end of the day Wednesday.
Johansson’s next opponent will be the seventh-seeded Esteban Carrill of Texas Christian. Carrill defeated Tyler Cleveland of Iowa 7-6 (6), 6-3.
Johansson and Carrill already have a little history of playing each other. Carrill defeated Johansson 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, in a dual match at No. 1 singles in Ft. Worth, Texas in February.
“This is good medicine for our program,” Cox said. “Oskar is carrying the flog of our team and our program this week. He will face a great player in Carrill in the second round. There won’t be any pressure on Oskar in that match. It will be go for broke time.”
Johansson, a first team all-Southeastern Conference selection, will play Thursday against Carrill.