Christian Sigsgaard will not return to play tennis at Texas in 2021, the school announced on Wednesday.
Sigsgaard was a classified as a senior during a spring that was shortened by the coronavirus pandemic. To make up for a lost year, the NCAA elected to restore a year of eligibility for all of its spring athletes. Sigsgaard, however, will forego that additional year of eligibility and focus on his professional career.
A native of Denmark, Sigsgaard will earn a bachelor’s degree in philosophy this summer. His announcement comes a month after classmate Bianca Turati said she wouldn’t return to the women’s tennis team at UT.
“This was not an easy decision, but I have decided to graduate this summer and not use my extra year of eligibility,” Sigsgaard said in a press release. “You don’t always get to pick your own perfect ending, and this is not how I envisioned finishing my college career, but looking back over my whole time at Texas, I’ve achieved way more than I ever thought I would, and for me, that is what’s most important.”
During his time at Texas, Sigsgaard went 105-41 in singles play and 78-33 in doubles. Those 105 wins are tied for seventh in the UT history books. Sigsgaard was used by Texas in the No. 1 singles and doubles slots during a 2019 season that ended with UT winning the national championship.
Sigsgaard was an ITA All-American in singles in 2019 and 2020. He earned the same honor for his work in doubles play in 2019. During the 2019 season, Sigsgaard also shared the Big 12’s player of the year award with TCU’s Alex Rybakov.
“He is ready for professional tennis, and I know he will continue to improve and raise his game to meet that next level,” Longhorn coach Bruce Berque said. “I will always be one of his biggest fans.”
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