ATHENS, Ga. - Mississippi State senior Philippe Frayssinoux's bid to win the Southern Intercollegiate Division I singles title came up short Monday morning, as he dropped a 6-3, 6-1 decision to Georgia's 58th-ranked Nate Schnugg in the final. The loss was Frayssinoux's first of the season and brings his singles record to 8-1. Frayssinoux's start this fall is the best by a Bulldog since former MSU All-American Romain Ambert started the 2001 fall season 11-1.
After capturing the singles title at the MTSU Blue Raider Invitational last weekend, Frayssinoux followed by making an impressive run this past weekend at the tournament hosted by the University of Georgia. On his way to the final, Frayssinoux won five matches, which included four victories over ranked opponents. His biggest win came in the quarterfinals, when he knocked off the tournament's top seed and fourth-ranked Travis Helgeson of host Georgia.
"Philippe really played some excellent tennis this weekend," said MSU head coach Per Nilsson. "He knows now that he can compete with and even beat the best players in the country. Overall, the team had a positive showing at the tournament and we will continue to build on that."
Frayssinoux's next action will come Oct. 4-7 when he travels to Tulsa, Okla., to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's All-American Championships. The tournament annually features the majority of the nation's top players.
ATHENS, Ga. - Mississippi State men's tennis senior Philippe Frayssinoux notched one of the best days of his collgiate career at MSU Sunday, posting two more victories to advance to the Division I singles final at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships at the University of Georgia, including an impressive upset of the nation's fourth-ranked player.
After winning three matches on Friday and Saturday to reach the quarterfinals of the South's oldest fall tournament, the fifth-seeded and 40th-ranked Frayssinoux took a giant step forward Sunday as he upset top-seeded and fourth ranked Travis Helgeson of host Georgia 6-3, 7-6 in the quarters.
With the upset win, which was his highest-ranked win as a Bulldog, Frayssinoux then moved into the semifinals where he faced 46th-ranked and seventh-seeded Corey Parr of Wake Forest. Frayssinoux, a native of Plasir, France, then earned his spot in the final two by topping Parr 7-5, 6-2 and advanced to Monday's final where he will face Georgia's 58th-ranked Nate Schnugg.
With his two wins on Sunday, Frayssinoux improved to 8-0 in singles on the year, which is the best start of his career. He has yet to drop a set this fall. After capturing the singles title last week at the MTSU Blue Raider Invitational, Frayssinoux will be looking for his second consecutive tournament crown in Monday's final.
In Division III singles action on Sunday, MSU freshman Maximilien Genuini also made a bid to play in the finals of his draw but fell just short due to an injury. After defeating Chris Sheehan of South Carolina, Genuini was up 6-2, 2-5 in his semifinal match with Sebastian Jacques of Virginia Tech, but was forced to retire when he suffered an ankle injury.
State's Chris Doerr and Pjotr Necajevs also failed to advance on Sunday in their round of 16 doubles match, falling 8-6 to Charleston-Southern's Guy David and Grega Teraz.
Following his match on Monday, Frayssinoux will travel to Tulsa, Okla., to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's All-American Championships, to be held Oct. 4-7. The tournament annually features the majority of the nation's top players.