TULSA, Okla. – Ole Miss men’s tennis senior Jonas Lutjen has displayed his resiliency this weekend, winning twice on Saturday to advance to the consolation final at the ITA All-American Championships here at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. Both matches had to be played indoors due to inclement weather.
After a tough three-setter in a first round loss on Thursday, Lutjen has bounced back to win four matches on his way to the consolation final. Included in that, he has picked up four consecutive ranked wins.
Lutjen, ranked No. 21 in the nation, began the day by taking out Cal-Poly’s Andre Dome, ranked No. 20, 6-3, 6-2. In the afternoon, Lutjen faced SEC foe Hunter Reese of Tennessee and defeated the 34th-ranked player 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
Following the two-win day, Lutjen talked about coming back after a disappointing loss at the beginning of the tournament.
“It is never easy to play on the same day after a tough loss, but I’ve been playing well lately and working hard, so I just wanted to show it, whether it is main draw or consolation. But the work here is not done. I want to come home with a win.”
Associate head coach Toby Hansson has been in Tulsa with Lutjen and says the Schessel, Germany native is now reaping the benefits of his strong work ethic.
“Jonas has been working really hard and it is starting to pay off,” said Hansson. “In the morning he played some of the best tennis I have ever seen him play. In the second match, he showed real toughness, fighting hard when he was down a break (1-3) to come back and win 6-3 in the third set.”
Lutjen will face Ohio State’s Connor Smith in the final Sunday at 10 a.m. The winner receives a berth in the ITA National Indoor in November.
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