Jan. 29, 2014
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Minnesota men’s tennis junior Leandro Toledo was named Big Ten Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Toledo earned the award by going 2-0 at the No. 1 singles position and going 1-1 in doubles with partner Eric Frueh last weekend at the ITA Kick-Off in Lexington, Ky.
After beginning his weekend by teaming up with Frueh in double to defeat Billy Pecor and Josh Hager of 29th-ranked Notre Dame, 6-4, Toledo helped the Gophers jump out to a 3-0 lead with a 6-5 (6), 6-4 (3) triumph over UND’s Greg Andrews, the 22nd-ranked player in the nation.
The Fighting Irish rallied to win Friday’s match against Minnesota, but Toledo and the Gophers grabbed their first win of the season the following day, 4-0, against No. 45-ranked Brigham Young. Toledo chipped in with his second singles win in as many days, dispatching the Cougars’ Francis Sargeant, 6-4, 6-1.
The honor is the second of Toledo’s career and first since April 3, 2013 when he registered a 4-0 weekend—partnered with Frueh in doubles—against Northwestern and Illinois, ranked 26th and 19th in the nation at the time, respectively. After Toledo, Juan Pablo Ramirez, and Rok Bonin earned the accolade last year, the Hamburg, Germany native is the first to do so for the Gophers in 2014.
The singles victories were his first at the No. 1 position of Toledo’s career—he was 0-5 at the top spot entering the weekend after going 0-4 as a sophomore against four opponents ranked 82nd or higher and a season-opening loss to Oklahoma State’s Jakob Sude. His career singles record now stands at 55-27 with a 31-16 dual-match ledger.
Toledo and Minnesota open their home schedule Friday afternoon against Wisconsin-Green Bay at noon and against Marquette at 6:30 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Baseline Tennis Center.
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