Fagundes wins ITA Southwest Championships singles title

Monday, October 3, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – UT Tyler sophomore Arthur Fagundes earned the first Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Southwest Championship singles title in program history after an impressive 6-2, 6-4 finals win over Chaz Mayer on Monday at the Summers Tennis Center.

In the doubles final, Joey Fischer and Pablo Gomez would finish as tournament runner-ups following a hard-fought 4-6, 6-3, 11-9 battle against Trinity’s Wilson Lambeth and Matt Tyer.


Fagundes completed the tournament having won six matches in three days without dropping a single set, including a 6-3, 6-1 semifinal win over Southwestern’s Alexis Dimanche on Monday morning to reach the finals. With the win he earns a berth to the 2016 ITA Oracle Cup which will be played Oct. 13-16 at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Club in Surprise, Arizona.

“I played my best tennis because I was so focused and I worked hard for five weeks to get here,” Fagundes said. “My mind was strong and I was trying hard every point. I’m really happy to be the first UT Tyler tennis player to win singles.”

Gomez and Fischer reached the doubles final after earning two wins on Saturday and two more on Sunday, but couldn’t hold off Lambeth and Tyer after opening the match with a 6-4 win. The UT Tyler partnership was the fifth seed in the tournament while Lambeth/Tyer won the event as the second seed. Gomez and Fischer had earned 8-6 quarterfinal and semifinal wins to reach the final day of the tournament.

Fagundes rolled to his singles title after losing only 18 games in six matches. The tournament’s top seed and the reigning ITA West Region Rookie of the Year, Fagundes becomes the first singles player in program history to earn the berth to nationals and will go into the tournament with strong momentum after building his confidence over the past three days in the 16-team regional event.

“He constructed his points unbelievably all weekend,” UT Tyler coach Chris Bizot said. “He was just unstoppable. To go through that field without dropping a set was just an unbelievable performance and one of the best ones I’ve seen at an ITA.”

Vitor Laporte earned an ITA “A” Consolation title with a 6-3, 4-6, 10-5 win on Monday and in ITA “C” Singles it was UT Tyler’s Andres Perez earning a title with a 2-6, 6-3, 10-7 win over teammate Cade Navarro. Jake Cunningham and Cameron McCarthy teamed up to win the “B” doubles draw.