Illinois Wins The 2020-21 Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament – Big Ten Conference

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LINCOLN, Neb. –

No. 2 seed Illinois defeated No. 1 seed Ohio State 4-3 for the 2021 Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament title at the Sid and Hazel Dillion Tennis Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Sunday. With the victory, Illinois (21-2, 15-1 Big Ten, 10-0 Big Ten East) secured its third Big Ten Tournament title and first since 2015.
 
Illinois’ Zeke Clark was named Tournament Most Valuable Player after clinching the tournament trophy for the Illini in a marathon match on court four. Clark came back to claim the victory in a third-set tiebreaker against Ohio State’s Kyle Seelig after dropping the first set (6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)).
 
The NCAA Selection Show will air live on NCAA.com on Monday night at 6:30 p.m. ET.
 
Singles
1. John McNally (OSU) def. #118 Aleks Kovacevic (ILL) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. Cannon Kingsley (OSU) def. #101 Siphosothando Montsi (ILL) 6-1, 6-2
3. James Trotter (OSU) def. Alex Brown (ILL) 6-3, 6-4
4. #83 Zeke Clark (ILL) def. Kyle Seelig (OSU) 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Hunter Heck (ILL) def. JJ Tracy (OSU) 0-6, 6-3, 7-5
6. Noe Khlif (ILL) def. Robert Cash (OSU) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
 
Doubles
1. #73 John McNally/Robert Cash (OSU) vs. #28 Alex Brown/Zeke Clark (ILL) 4-5, unfinished
2. Noe Khlif/Siphosothando Montsi (ILL) def. Cannon Kingsley/Kyle Seelig (OSU) 6-2
3. Hunter Heck/Aleks Kovacevic (ILL) def. JJ Tracy/Justin Boulais (OSU) 6-4
 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,3,5,1,6,4)
 
Tournament Most Valuable Player
Zeke Clark, ILL
 
All-Tournament Team
Zeke Clark, ILL
Aleks Kovacevic, ILL
Mattias Siimar, MICH
Dominik Stary, NU
Cannon Kingsley, OSU
John McNally, OSU

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