Fayetteville, Ark. - The 2021 SEC men's tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year was awarded to Alabama's Edson Ortiz today by the conference office. The accolade was announced as part of the conference tournament. It's the second consecutive season Ortiz has been awarded with this honor.
The Chihuahua, Mexico native has continued to excel at the highest levels both in the classroom and on the court. He graduated with a 3.75 GPA in Human Performance Exercise Science and maintains a 4.0 GPA while pursuing a master's degree in sports hospitality.
A four-year ITA Scholar-Athlete and member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, he has also been named to the SEC Men's Tennis Community Service Team.
Ortiz came back from an injury in the fall to play No. 1 for the Crimson Tide, besting a pair of top-55 singles opponents to lead Alabama over No. 15 Mississippi State and at No. 9 Ole Miss. With three dual matches left in the regular season, he is 12-9 in dual match singles competition and 5-5 in doubles in conference matches.
The 2020 ITA Southern Region Most Improved Senior, he is a two-year All-SEC performer who has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in doubles during his career.
Overall, Ortiz has notched 83 singles and 60 doubles wins at the Capstone.