SEC Men's Tennis Weekly Honors - April 7, 2021
Players of the Week: Florida's Duarte Vale improved his dual match singles record to 14-3 on the year with a match-clinching victory against Vanderbilt's George Harwell, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 and a two-set defeat of Kentucky's No. 7 Liam Draxl, 6-2, 6-2 as the Gators won the SEC regular season title over the weekend. Vale is on a nine-match winning streak in singles and has been an important piece at the No. 1 spot this year for UF.
Edson Ortiz keyed a pair of Alabama wins over top-15 opponents over the weekend, including a home win over No. 15 Mississippi State and a road win over No. 9 Ole Miss, which marked Alabama's highest-ranked win of the season. He clinched the win against Mississippi State at No. 1, downing No. 51 Giovanni Oradini. On the road at No. 9 Ole Miss, he beat No. 55 Tim Sandkaulen in straight sets to lead UA to the win. Against Mississippi State, he combined with Alexey Nesterov to clinch the doubles point with a 7-6(5) win at No. 3.
Freshman of the Week: Arkansas' Adrien Burdet won his first career matchup against a nationally ranked opponent with his three-set win over No. 96 Pat Harper of Tennessee. His win tied up the match at 3-3 in Arkansas' upset of the third-ranked Vols. The rookie is tied for the team lead with his double-digit singles victories during the dual season. He teamed with Melvin Manuel to get their first nationally ranked win as a duo, downing No. 48 Rowe/Croyder of UGA. The win clinched the doubles point for the Hogs.
Newcomer of the Week: Arkansas' Aleksa Bucan clinched the upset over No. 3 Tennessee with his win against Luca Wiedenmann on the final court of the day. After being down 3-4 in the deciding set, Bucan won the final three games to claim the match. Wiedenmann brought into the match a 27-2 overall record and 17-1 dual season record before Bucan knocked him off.