The SEC Coaches Indoor Championship singles title in men's tennis matched two Georgia Bulldogs. The match was originally supposed to played on Monday, but was moved to Thursday so the players wouldn't miss too many classes. The match was pretty even, but at the end, junior transfer Travis Helgeson who is ranked #22 defeated teammate #2 John Isner 7-6(3), 6-4. After the match I talked to him.

Dave McMahon -- Big win today, what was the key?

Travis Helgeson -- John was serving well, but I only had a couple opportunities so I had to be ready. I made some good decisions today and I was able to hold my serve.

DM -- This match was very close, it could have gone either way...

TH -- Definitely. No one was breaking serve... There was a couple shots I got lucky.

DM -- What do you still need to improve on?

TH -- Everything. Being at Georgia has helped me a lot. I built a lot of confidence last semester.

DM -- You defeated John two years ago during the NCAA title... how much has he improved?

TH -- He is a whole lot better. He is much more consistant and is very tough to beat.

DM -- Texas has a very good tennis program, why did you transfer?

TH -- The situation was not what I am looking for. This is a top notch program which I can excel at.

DM -- Did you think about coming to Georgia when you were originally deciding schools?

TH -- No
DM -- At Texas you had Austin and here at Georgia you have Athens... not too bad of college town choices...

TH -- I definitely got lucky.


Georgia now owns 54 SEC Indoor titles. Helgeson's win marks the 35th singles crown for the Bulldogs (five in the current open format, 30 in the old flighted format.

Georgia's first home match will be on Sunday, February 4th when they face William and Mary.

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