Texas senior Yuya Ito became the first Longhorn to win the ITA Fall National Championships singles title as he beat Damon Kesaris of St. Mary’s 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 Sunday in Newport Beach, Calif.
Ito, the No. 1 seed, secured his second national singles crown of the fall; he won the ITA All-American Championships in October.
“It’s been great for Yuya and to see all the individual success he’s had through the fall and from the NCAA Tournament,” UT men’s tennis coach Bruce Berque said. “I’m sure he’s going to go into the (spring) season with a lot of confidence, but it’s also a great benefit for our younger guys who get to practice with him every day and learn from his example.
“Yuya is a great ambassador for the program, and not only did he win the tournament, he won the Sportsmanship Award, so we’re all very proud of him.”
Ito defeated Valentin Vacherot of Texas A&M 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 in Saturday’s semifinals. He won twice Friday, defeating Adrian Boitan of Baylor 7-6 (6), 6-3 in the round of 16 and Jack Lin of Columbia 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
Christian Sigsgaard also won in the round of 16 Friday, but an injury kept him from playing in the quarterfinals.
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