SUN CITY, South Africa - Ole Miss men's tennis player Nik Scholtz had an outstanding year for the Rebels, and Saturday he added to an already fine year in his home country of South Africa. A day after winning the doubles title at the ITF Sun City Futures with fellow Rebel and good friend Tucker Vorster, Scholtz defeated Vorster in straight sets to capture the singles title.
Scholtz, the SEC Player of the Year and three-time All-American, took the title in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.
The first break of serve came in the fifth game of the opening set and Scholtz held the lead to take the first set 6-4. In the second set Scholtz broke Vorster in the first game. At 3-5 down, Vorster was serving to stay in the match but Scholtz was solid on the return and broke Vorster to clinch the set 6-3, and the championship.
"It was one of those days everything I tried worked for me," said Scholtz following victory. "I was anticipating Tucker's serves well. I guessed and played the big points well too, that made the difference."
His path to the singles title was a bit more difficult than he would have liked, with a couple of early round three-setters.
Scholtz jetted into South Africa late last week from the United States after reaching the round of 16 at the NCAA Singles Championship.
"Flying in from America was tough as I had to adapt to the high altitude and winter conditions. But as the tournament got longer I played better," he said.
On Friday, Scholtz and Vorster (played for the Rebels from 2008-11) teamed up to defeat Mark Fynn (Zimbabwe) and Damon Gooch (South Africa) 6-3, 6-4 in the doubles final. The pair did not drop a set in any of their matches on the way to their third title together. Scholtz and Vorster won two titles in Turkey last summer.
Back in January, Scholtz helped lead South Africa to a Davis Cup win over Monoco with a big singles victory. Just as they were back then, his parents were on hand to cheer him on in Sun City. They flew in from Greytown near the Western Cape.
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