Knoxville, Tenn. - The 2018 SEC men's tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year was announced today by the conference office. The award was presented to Mississippi State's Nuno Borges as part of the conference tournament.
Borges is a junior at Mississippi State majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology. Not only is Borges one of the top overall athletes at MSU, but he is also one of the top collegiate tennis players, consistently ranking in the top five in singles.
The Maia, Porto, Portugal, product has equally excelled in the classroom, as he was awarded the 2017 Newsom Award, which is annually presented to the top student-athlete in each MSU sport.
Since arriving at MSU in the spring of 2016, he has achieved a 3.50 GPA or higher each semester-twice being named a Dean's Scholar (3.50-3.79 GPA) and twice being named a President's Scholar (3.80-4.00). He was also named an ITA Scholar-Athlete in 2016 and 2017, and Academic All-SEC in 2017.
On the court, Borges has cemented himself as one of the most decorated athletes in MSU men's tennis' storied program history. In fall 2017, Borges entered the inaugural Oracle ITA National Fall Championships singles draw as the overall number one seed. Borges lived up to expectations and ran the table, defeating six ranked foes-all in straight sets-en route to winning the prestigious singles crown.
As a sophomore, he was named 2017 SEC Player of the Year-the youngest Bulldog to receive the honor. That season, he also earned ITA All-American honors, reaching the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championship as the No. 4 overall seed. Borges has twice been named All-SEC (2016 & 2017) and was named to the league's 2016 All-Freshman team.