Stewart named National Player of the Week
ATHENS, Ga. Hamish Stewart was named National Player of the Week by the International Tennis Association (ITA) and Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) on Thursday 7 April.
This is the third year for the ITA and UTR Player of the Week awards which showcase the men and women of all five divisions (NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and Junior College) with weekly awards during of the spring double match season.
ITA and UTR Player of the Week honors recognize a college tennis player whose increase in UTR rating over the previous week was representative of their level of performance, including notable wins such as tiebreakers and upheavals. Stewart, increased his UTR rating by 0.15 to 13.67.
The Georgia men’s tennis graduate earned SEC Player of the Week honors earlier in the week after back-to-back 4-0 wins and a breakthrough performance with the Bulldogs.
Stewart picked up a National Ranking win over No. 36 Nikola Slavik of No. 43 Ole Miss. He beat Slavik in dominant fashion, 6-1, 6-2. Georgia then shut out the Rebels, 4-0 in Oxford, Mississippi.
In their next game of the week against No. 38 LSU, Stewart and McCormick clinched the doubles point for Georgia in a 6-3 win over Gabriel Diaz Freire and Kent Hunter. Stewart then kept the momentum going with a 6-4.6-2 win over Vlad Lobak to clinch the 4-0 win for Georgia.
Georgia’s No. 1 singles player improved to 23-11 overall, 15-5 in the dual season, 6-3 against conference opponents and 13-7 against nationally ranked opponents. He has won seven of his last ten matches and is on a three-game winning streak in singles. He has the most total and doubles wins on Georgia’s roster. His efforts over the weekend helped Georgia improve to 7-2 against SEC opponents and 15-5 overall.
The ITA released a new national ranking on Wednesday April 6 and Stewart posted a career high in singles at No. 11. Stewart and McCormick are now ranked at No. 40 and Stewart and senior Philip Henning are the No. 81 ranked doubles pair.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Sunday, April 10 as they travel to Lexington, Ky. to face the No. 12 Kentucky Wildcats at 1 p.m.
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