Freshman takes home conference award after stellar outing in Arkansas

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Danish freshman Christian Sigsgaard earned his first Big 12 Men’s Tennis Player of the Week award Tuesday after impressive performances against Tulsa and Arkansas last weekend. 

Sigsgaard defeated the No. 3 ranked player in the nation — Arkansas’ Mike Redlicki — on Sunday. Redlicki triumphed at the 2016 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships last November. 

Sigsgaard climbed to No. 6 in the ITA rankings with the upset victory. He holds a 20–4 career record as a Longhorn, but his success started long before he set foot on the 40 Acres. 

He’s a three-time national singles champion and a four-time national doubles champion in his home nation of Denmark. He’s represented the Danes twice at the Davis Cup as well, where he beat world No. 86 Nikoloz Basilashvili in 2015. 

Though he has a bright future ahead, the freshman remains focused on leading the Longhorns to many more victories throughout his stay at Texas. He’ll have an opportunity to do so this weekend when Texas hosts the ITA Kick-Off Weekend dual-match play event. 

Sigsgaard and his teammates look to build upon their 4–1 overall record while protecting their 2–0 at-home record at Weller Indoor Tennis Center here in Austin.