Chris Simpson Having Standout Freshman Year

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.

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LSU Hopes New Tennis Facility Will Help Recruiting

LSU is the only school in the SEC without an indoor tennis facility, but that will soon change. Men’s coach Jeff Brown believes it will help out with recruiting.

The facility would help the team grow in-state talent because it would allow LSU to host junior tournaments, Brown said. Brown believes that, “would lend us to recruits that are like some of the other sports have where they have a passion for LSU from the time they grow up.”

The facility will also give the team a place to play when it rains. The team frequently plays in the afternoon to try and avoid rain cancellations. “If I schedule a match at 6 and it rains once, we may be done for the match,” Brown said. “Where as we schedule it at 2 or 3, it gives us a chance to play a little later if it does rain, that’s why we play when we do. It’s not ideal for the working fan.”

Assistant Danny Bryan thinks the new facility will add to the heavy push the team is already making to fans. “We’re making a really big push to get better attendance at the matches, which we have been doing this year,” Bryan said.

LSU has not finalized a location for the facility, but assistant athletic director Herb Vincent said the facility will likely be south of campus down Nicholson Drive.

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