Three singles players and a doubles team will represent No. 5 Texas A&M at the 2018 NCAA Men's Tennis Singles and Doubles Championships, the NCAA announced Wednesday afternoon. Patrick Kypson, Arthur Rinderknech and Jordi Arconada were named to the singles bracket while Arconada and Juan Carlos Aguilar earned a national seed in the doubles field.
The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 23-28 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, N.C., following the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 18-22. Wake Forest will serve as host for the 2018 NCAA Tennis Championships.
Rinderknech earned a top-16 seed in the singles bracket, making him the first Aggie to be named a three-time singles All-American. The Paris, France native will make his third straight appearance in the NCAA singles field. Currently ranked as the nation's No. 10 singles player, Rinderknech went 19-4 in dual matches including an astonishing 12-3 mark against ranked foes. The back-to-back-to-back All-American earned a trio of SEC Player of the Week honors this spring and was the only player in the league to earn the nod on more than one occasion.
Kypson will make his first appearance in the NCAA singles field, the freshman earned SEC All-Tournament team after going 3-0 on the top-line last weekend in Tuscaloosa including a win over No. 2 Nuno Borges of Mississippi State. The Raleigh, N.C. native, earned the No. 5 overall seed in the tournament to earn All-American honors for the first time. Kypson was named SEC Freshman of the Week twice this season after going 15-7 in dual matches and 8-3 against SEC foes. The right-hander earned an impressive 13 wins against ranked foes in his first collegiate season, which was the most on A&M’s roster.
The Texas A&M duo of Arconada and Aguilar earned the No. 3 national seed in the upcoming doubles tournament to confirm All-America honors. The pair were 17-7 this year including a 10-4 mark against ranked duos, including a pair of wins over top-10 doubles tandems. The honor marks the first All-American commendation for both Arconada and Aguilar and the sixth straight season that Texas A&M has produced an All-American doubles team.
Arconada will make his second straight appearance in the NCAA Singles Championship field. The feisty senior has stormed through the league the past two seasons, going 21-1 in SEC matches and an unprecedented 26-2 against players from the SEC in the past two springs. The Buenos Aires, Argentina native, went 12-5 against ranked opponents and 21-4 in dual matches to lead the Aggies in dual wins for the second straight season. Arconada has improved his dual win totals each season in Aggieland, earning 10 victories as a freshman, 14 as a sophomore and 19 as a junior and 21 so far this season.
The 2018 season marks the first time in program history that the Aggies have had multiple singles All-Americans in the same season. Additionally, it marks the first time that the Aggies have had four All-Americans in the same year.
The Mitchell Tennis Center will play host to the 2018 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship first round matches slated for Friday, May 11. The Maroon and White will take on Lamar (10-13) in the NCAA opening round, while Baylor (20-9) and Arizona State (14-10) will compete in the other first round contest.
All-session and single match tickets are available and can be purchased by phone at 888-992-4443, online at www.12thmanfoundation.com or in person from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kyle Field Box Office located on the north end of the stadium. Tickets can also be purchased at the Mitchell Tennis Center starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 11.