A Q&A With MSU Tennis Player Louis Cant

Mississippi State men's junior tennis player Louis Cant talks one-on-one with Gene's Page about being selected to the All-SEC team as well as gives his thoughts about the MSU tennis team.

Cant, now ranked 83rd in the country, has been ranked as high as 38th in singles this year. The Brugge, Belgium, product holds the second-best winning percentage on team in singles dual matches (15-4, .790) and was an impressive 9-2 in the SEC at the No. 5 position this season. He has won 10 of last 11 singles matches and is also currently ranked 39th in doubles with Malte Stropp.

You hardly ever lose in the SEC, going 9-2 in SEC play. What are the reasons for your success?
"There are a couple of reasons. I played a little bit higher in the lineup last year. Plus, I have a lot of experience from the past two years. I also work really hard on the court. So, you put that together."

What did it mean to you personally to be selected to the All-SEC team? You, as well as four other members and your coach, earned All-SEC honors.
"It means a lot. It shows that we are on track to get better. It shows us that if we do something good, we can continue doing what we are doing and get even better. It's nice to be honored for that."

I know there is the NCAA Tournament yet to play this year, but what are your thoughts about what this team can achieve next year?
"Next year we are going to have the same team, and, obviously, other teams will lose people. But we won't lose anybody. It is exciting to think about that. But we have the NCAA now and we can also show this year what we can do. And we can even get better next year."

How much can you improve your game?
"There is so much more improvement we can do in our games. The coaches work really hard with us. They know how to work with us."

MSU head tennis coach Per Nilsson talks about junior Louis Cant:

Louis Cant 6-0 Jr. 2L Brugge, Belgium - "Louis is like Malte (Stropp), winning, winning and winning. He is at No. 5 for us and I think he only lost two SEC matches all year. He's been a rock for us. It's been a little different for him this year because he played at the top of the lineup for us some last year. Now, he has moved down a little bit due to some of the new guys. But we count on him and know we can always move him up if we feel like doing it. That's how good he is."

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