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Johansson Named All-American, Competing in NCA

Johansson Named All-American, Competing in NCA
ATHENS, Ga. — After helping Arkansas reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament, senior Oskar Johansson has been named an All-American and is set to compete for the individual singles and doubles championships this week at the University of Georgia.

Johansson begins singles competition on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. while he will team with fellow senior Henrik Tofft to compete in the doubles tournament on Friday.

Johansson, who was ranked No. 1 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association most of the spring, is currently ranked No. 4. The ITA’s Region VI Player of the Year has already earned All-American honors this year by becoming the No. 6 seed in the tournament. The top 16 seeds are All-Americans.

Johansson (28-10) faces Jean-Noel Grinda of UCLA on Thursday. Grinda is ranked No. 51 in the country. If Johansson gets by Grinda, he will face the winner of the match between Kansas’ Quentin Blakeney and Tulane’s Michael Kogan in the second round. Kogan is ranked No. 34 and Blakeney No. 93.

“Oskar is really focused,” head coach Robert Cox says. “He’s already had a great season in earning All-America honors, being ranked No. 1 most of the spring and winning the national clay court championship in the fall, but he’s ready to keep it going. He was playing really well in the NCAA Tournament regional before he injured his back. He’s had some time off to recover from that injury and hopefully he’s fully recovered.”

In doubles, Johansson and Tofft are ranked 26th in the nation and face a tough chore in their opening match. Johansson and Tofft (11-4) meet the 11th-ranked team of Ryan Moore and Nick Rainey from Southern California on Friday, but in their last outing, they beat SMU’s Jon Wallmark and Johan Brunstrom, 8-2, the third-ranked team in the country and the No. 3 seed in the tournament.

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