CHAMPS! Fagundes, Gomez advance to ITA Oracle Cup

Sunday, October 1, 2017

TYLER – The UT Tyler men’s tennis team owned the 2017 ITA Southwest Regional Championships with Arthur Fagundes winning the singles title and then partnering with Pablo Gomez to win the doubles championship on Sunday at Trinity University. The two Patriots earned berths to the ITA Oracle Cup which will be on Oct. 11-15 in Rome, Georgia and hosted by Berry College.

Fagundes earned his second straight ITA regional championship after also winning last year as a sophomore in Tyler, but went into this year’s tournament looking to win in singles and doubles. He did that with Gomez as the third seeded doubles team in the tournament. While Fagundes and Gomez are advancing, the entire weekend was dominated by the Patriots.

The finals were an all-UT Tyler event with Fagundes earning a 6-2, 6-1 win over Vinicio Hadlich and then doubles were decided with Gomez/Fagundes taking a 6-0, 6-1 win over Daniel Rodriguez and Gabriel Hidalgo. Rodriguez/Hidalgo made a magical run to the finals as an unseeded team which knocked off the tournament’s top-ranked team of Tyer/Lambeth in the second round on Saturday.