ATHENS, Ga. – Arkansas junior Oskar Johansson’s run at the 2000 Men’s Tennis Championships came to an end Thursday afternoon, as he lost a hard fought battle to seventh-seeded Esteban Carrill, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3.
“Oskar’s play was awesome,” Arkansas head coach Robert Cox said. “He played the best tennis that he has in six weeks. Playing in front of almost a thousand people, Oskar really came to play.”
Winning the first set 6-4, Johansson rallied back in the second match down three sets to come just short losing the set 7-6. In the third set, the match was tied 3-3 before Carrill held and broke serve to go up 5-3. He would finish the set for the victory.
“The entire match was amazing,” Cox said. “The two of them dueled it out and got a standing ovation after the match. Oskar proudly represented Arkansas in this tournament.”
Johansson ends the season with a 26-16 record, which places him in a tie for tenth on the all-time singles victories in a season list. He was also named to the first team all-Southeastern Conference team for the second time in his career at Arkansas.
The Razorbacks finished the season with a record of 6-15 and a 2-9 record in the SEC. The Razorbacks lose senior leaders John Deaton and Chris Campbell to graduation, but return a very strong class for next year, with six Hogs returning.