FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas men’s tennis team plays host to No. 28 South Carolina in a Southeastern Conference match Friday at 1 p.m. at the UA Indoor/Outdoor Tennis Complex.
This home match will end a busy week for senior All-American Oskar Johansson. Johansson played as an amateur in the 67th Annual River Oaks Country Club International Tennis Tournament in Houston, Texas, advancing to the second round. Johansson lost Wednesday to the No. 14 player in the world, Thomas Enqvist, 6-3, 6-3. Johansson, the top-ranked collegian in the country, won his first match by defeating Giovanni Lapentti of Ecuador, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. Lapentti is a member of Ecuador’s Davis Cup Team.
“Oskar proved he can play with the best players in the world this week,” head coach Robert Cox says.
Johansson is one of four Razorbacks with 20 wins this year. Johansson is 26-7 while Aleksey Bubis is 24-8, Oggie Kolev 21-10 and Tiago Azevedo 20-12.
The Hogs are coming off a close loss, 4-3, at Mississippi State on March 31, and are getting ready for the last leg of the regular season. Cox believes South Carolina is a lot like Arkansas.
“I believe South Carolina could be a very dangerous team,” Cox says. “We are a lot alike, we both have some experience to mix in with some new faces.”
The Gamecocks have proven they can play with anyone in the conference with a win over LSU. USC is coming off a 4-3 loss to No. 18 Auburn.
“We are looking forward to the challenge,” Cox says. “Carolina has had some great results in the last part of the season and they are going to be a tough team. We have three matches in five days, but I think we are pretty healthy and ready to go.”
Following the USC match, the Hogs travel to Alabama on Sunday. The next home match for Arkansas will be the last in the career of seniors Oskar Johansson, Henrik Tofft and Brad Berry. UA plays host to Auburn on Tuesday, April 10, at 2 p.m. All home matches are open to the public and admission is free.