Tennessee senior Peter Handoyo made history Sunday at the 2002 SEC Indoor Championships in Lexington, Ky., becoming the first player in the open era to win the SEC singles and doubles titles in the same season.
The two-time All-American and three-time All-SEC performer won his semifinal and final matches in singles and the doubles final Sunday, with partner freshman Mark Dietrich, to put the finishing touches on his historic double.
Handoyo began the day by avenging a loss he suffered in last year's NCAA final against Georgia's sixth-seeded Lesley Joseph. Handoyo dominated their semifinal match 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the championship round. Handoyo then added to his already impressive collegiate resume, with a 6-2, 6-3 whitewashing of Kentucky's 10th-ranked Jesse Witten in the final.
"This was just great to win the SEC championship," Handoyo said. "I am very pleased with the way I played, considering how many great players there were at this event."
Handoyo kept up his fine play in the doubles final, pairing with Dietrich to capture his second SEC doubles title. The fifth-seeded Vol duo defeated No. 36 and seventh-seeded Olivier Levant and Eleazor Magallan of Florida 8-6 to take home top honors.
"This was a great experience, especially playing with Pete (Handoyo)," Dietrich said. "Pete is a great leader and I learned a lot from him this week. This is a great boost for our team and for me individually."
Tennis player makes history
Published: Tue Jan 22, 2002 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 04:00 p.m.