CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Matt Roberts continued his winning ways for Arkansas’ tennis team while Rohan Gajjar won his opening match at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association ICY Hot/All-American tournament on Monday.
Roberts, a junior from Little Rock, won five matches over the weekend to get into the main qualifying draw. He stayed hot on Monday, knocking off Louisiana-Lafayette’s Amanjot Singh, 6-3, 7-5, to run his season record to 9-0. Singh is ranked No. 92 in the nation.
Gajjar, ranked No. 116 in the nation, played for the first time in Monday’s qualifying round and topped Braden Olson of Montana State, 6-1, 6-1.
“Both played really well,” UA head coach Robert Cox said. “What can I say about Matt? That was a really good, solid win. He’s won six matches now. And Rohan, he jumped on his guy and then put him away.”
In doubles qualifying matches on Monday, Roberts and Ismail fell to Mark Growcott and Jason Hazley of LSU while Gajjar and Matt Simpson lost to Janne Holmia and Greg Oullette of Florida, 8-6.
“We dug ourselves a hole early in both matches,” Cox said. “We could have done better, but we had chances to get back in both matches.”
Gajjar, 4-1 this year, and Roberts both play again Tuesday. Junior Adrians Zguns, ranked No. 10 in the country, plays in the main draw on Thursday.