Freshman Chris Simpson is making his mark for the LSU Tennis team this season. Simpson has been a mainstay on court three for the Tigers, a spot usually reserved for upperclassmen. Head coach Jeff Brown thinks this is only a sign of things to come.
“There’s no reason to think that eventually he won’t be on the top court,” Brown said. “With him being a freshman and continuing to get better as the season’s gone along, I’d imagine he’d get better next year.”
When Simpson arrived on campus in January 2011, he was redshirted by Brown to give him more of a chance to develop. Simpson says it has payed off. “The development since I’ve been here has been very good,” Simpson said. “(Assistant coach) Danny (Bryan) and Jeff have put a lot of effort into me and it shows, I’m playing very well at the moment.”
Brown has a 9-4 record on the season, including a 6-4 record on court three. Brown isn’t surprised by Simpson’s strong play. “We thought his game style was really well suited for the college style in the sense that it seemed to be one that when he played his matches he seemed to figure things out as he went,” Brown said.
Simpson’s strong play this season has helped him rise to ninety-eighth in the nation in men’s singles.
Here is a point for Simpson in his victory against UGA’s Sadio Doumbia, who was ranked twentieth at the time.