SEC Men's Tennis Weekly Honors - Feb. 17, 2021
Player of the Week: Tennessee's Luca Wiedenmann was integral in helping the Vols earn a pair of wins over top-five foes at this past weekend's ITA National Indoor Championships. On Friday in the quarterfinal round, despite the team loss, Wiedenmann had just forced a third set against No. 100 Josh Peck of North Carolina. On Saturday against third-ranked TCU, Wiedenmann rolled to a straight-set (6-3, 6-2) victory over Juan Martin to put the Vols up 2-1, before they eventually took the match and took down the Horned Frogs. The win was also the 100th of his career at UT, pushing him into 10th all-time in program history in career singles wins. On Sunday against No. 5 Texas, Wiedenmann put the stamp on the Vols weekend, with a match-clinching three-set victory over Chih Chi Huang, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5. The win was the 19th clinch of his career, earning him the nickname, "Mr. Clincher" during his time as a member of the Orange & White. The Munich, Germany native is currently riding an 18-match win streak in singles dating to October 3rd, 2020.
Freshman of the Week: Tennessee's Johannus Monday concluded the ITA Indoor National Championships with a solid 4-2 overall record, finishing 2-1 in both doubles and singles. In singles play, Monday was the Vols lone point in its tough loss to North Carolina. There, he took down No. 55 Rinky Hijikata in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. After a hard-fought loss to Luc Fomba in Saturday's win over TCU, the Hull native bounced back to knock off Texas' Elior Spizzirri, 7-6(4), 6-4. After battling to a first-set tiebreak victory, Monday was down 4-2 with Spizzirri serving in the second, before reeling off wins in four straight games to clinch his match and put the Vols up 3-0 and on the brink of clinching match point. In doubles he and partner Martim Prata took a tough loss to the fifth-ranked tandem of Marc Kiger and Simon Soendergaard, the duo rolled past TCU's Sander Jong and Tadeas Paroulek (6-4) and the Texas team of Payton Holden and Chih Chi Huang (6-2) to help the Vols grab the doubles point in both matches. Monday is now 9-2 in dual play in both singles and doubles.