Harrison Scott edged 15th ranked William Bushamuka of Kentucky in three-sets 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-2 to win the men’s singles title at the the John Breaux Cajun Tennis Classic Sunday in Lafayette, Louisiana.
It was Scott’s first win against an opponent ranked higher than 45th and second career singles title.
“I had to be mentally tough and keep my cool out there,” Scott said. “He (Bushamuka) was serving really big, and I had a hard time returning his serve. I knew I needed to keep battling out there and I would get my chances. I waited, I had my chance, and I went for it.”
Bushamuka won a first-set tiebreaker 7-3 and each player held serve in the second set, forcing another tiebreaker. Bushamuka took a 4-0 lead in the tiebreaker and Scott responded with seven straight points to take the set.
“Harrison just never went away, even after being down a set and 4-0 in the (second set) tiebreaker.” said Texas coach Michael Center.
Scott broke Bushamuka’s serve to take a 3-2 lead in the third set and won the final three games to claim the title.
“It really was a great tournament and tremendous effort from Harrison this weekend,” said Center. “He beat one of the best players in the country today, and I think he showed everybody around the country what kind of competitor he is.”
Here’s a look at match point:
Harrison Scott's clinching point a few mins ago at the John Breaux Cajun Tennis Classic pic.twitter.com/fKEfx4LMwf
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