Gainesville, FL - Junior Wil Spencer Monday morning became the 10th Georgia men’s tennis player to win the singles crown at the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional. Spencer used straight-set scores of 6-4 and 6-2 to defeat 43rd-ranked Clint Bowles of Florida State in the finals to secure a place in the National Indoor tournament next month in New York City.
“He played a very good match,” said head coach Manuel Diaz. “I think his conditioning was an important factor – he’s worked very hard. Wil made some changes to his game and really just showed a lot of composure in the big points. We’re excited about his progress and overall just excited about where our team is.”
Spencer won a pair of matches Sunday to move on to today’s final match at the Ring Tennis Complex at the University of Florida. After taking the first set 6-4, Spencer broke Bowles to go up 2-1 in the second and held his next serve to take a 3-1 lead. Spencer would break again to take a 5-2 lead, serving for the match and the championship, and came through for the 6-2 victory.
“It went well for me today – I came out really focused,” Spencer said. “Coach Diaz gave me a specific gameplan to play against Clint. I executed it really well and had confidence from the rest of the tournament. Every match is starting to get progressively better. I’m working my patterns and playing my game. I’m pretty pleased.”
Spencer will next head with an automatic bid to the ITA National Indoor Championships Nov. 4-7 at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. Georgia will host the annual Bulldog Scramble the same weekend, set for Nov. 5-8 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens.
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