Men's Tennis: Louisiana To Be Honored By LTA For The 2018 John Breaux Tennis Classic
David Collins, Athletics Communications Assistant
LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Men's Tennis' 2018 John Breaux Tennis Classic will be recognized with the 2018 Special Tennis Event of the Year award by the Louisiana Tennis Association, with the ceremony set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at City Club at River Ranch on 1100 Camellia Blvd., in Lafayette, La.
The John Breaux Cajun Tennis Classic originally began back in 1979 and became the Lee Michaels Classic from 1988-95. During an 18-year stretch from 1995-2013 the tournament took a hiatus, but in 2014 the event was brought back to Cajun Courts.
With the help of Sen. John Breaux, who played at Louisiana from 1961-64, earning Gulf States All-Conference honors, took the lead along with Robert Daigle and former Louisiana Men's Tennis head coach Jerry Simmons the event was restarted.
Since beginning in 1979, the John Breaux has had 20 future professional Grand Slam winners or finalists play in the tournament. Including five ATP Top-20 professional singles players; 12 NCAA Champions; four No. 1 World Ranked Professional doubles players; two American Olympic Gold Medal winners in doubles and 21 ITA Future College Hall of Fame Players and Coaches.
This season, six programs made the trip to Lafayette, with four having finished the 2018 regular season ranked in the Top-75 nationally. Texas (No. 12); Oklahoma State (No. 19); Texas Tech (No. 36); South Florida (No. 62) and Rice joined Louisiana in making this year's tournament award worthy.
FREE TO GO: The ceremony, which is slated to start at 10 a.m. at City Club at River Ranch, is free for fans from the surrounding community to attend.
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