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Runs by Roberts, Gajjar Halted at ITA All-Amer

Runs by Roberts, Gajjar Halted at ITA All-Amer
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Matt Roberts’ seven-match run was halted on Wednesday as Arkansas’ junior tennis player was eliminated from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association ICY/Hot All-American tournament.

Rohan Gajjar, another junior for UA who is ranked No. 116 in the country, was also eliminated.

Roberts won seven matches in five days to stay alive in the event, but the Little Rock native was knocked out on Wednesday by John Isner of Georgia. Roberts gave Isner, who is ranked No. 60 in the nation, all he wanted in a three-set loss, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

“He had a superb tournament,” head coach Robert Cox said. “He stepped up and made a name for himself. He did an incredible job and earned a lot of respect. He had a great match with Isner. He was right in there and gave himself a chance to win.”

Roberts is now 10-1 this year after going 16-16 as a sophomore.

Gajjar also lost a tough three-setter, falling to Sebastin Falk of Alabama-Birmingham, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

“Rohan could have played better,” Cox said. “He just didn’t convert his opportunities. We expect bigger and better things from him the rest of the year.”

Gajjar is now 4-2.

Arkansas junior Adrians Zguns, ranked No. 10 in the nation, begins play in the main draw of the tournament on Thursday.

UA’s tennis team is also hosting the RazorRacket Invitational this weekend. Play in the individual draw event begins Friday morning and runs through Sunday. Players from Arkansas, Saint Louis, Oklahoma State, Memphis, Illinois State, Wichita State, Southwest Missouri, Oral Roberts and Southern Baptist are competing in matches in the Dills Indoor Tennis Center and the UA Outdoor Tennis Complex.

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