One Minute Post Match @CVilleTennis: The Return of @TennysSandgren
Steve Fogleman, Tennis East Coast
Former University of Tennessee standout Tennys Sandgren looked like a man on a mission in a 61 minute 6-3, 6-1 win over James McGee in the first round of the Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger today.
Having spent most of the year sidelined due to a hip injury, Sandgren is determined to finish the year strongly.
Sandgren briefly discussed returning to top physical form and his preference for the Australian Open Wild Card being decided over three challengers rather than a weekend playoff.
“I feel really good. Today was a good day for me. This is one of my best days since coming back”, he said.
He continued, “It’s just finding that match energy for a whole match. A tennis match is generally pretty long. It’s a marathon. Finding that right intensity for a whole match is tough and I feel like I’m starting to get that under my belt”.
On the Australian Open Wild Card Challenge: “I’m excited at these three events instead of the tourney in Atlanta. That was a heart breaker for me last year. I put in a good tournament and I didn’t have a lot to show for it. At least here, if I come in second, I probably get a lot of points under my belt. I’m excited to be playing well and I’m looking forward to these three weeks”.
Sandgren is a Tennis East Coast fave. He’ll face 5 seed Gastao Elias next in Charlottesville for a berth in the quarterfinals.