Christian Sigsgaard opts out of extra year of eligibility

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One of the top players in Texas men's tennis history, Christian Sigsgaard announced he will forego his extra year of eligibility (photo courtesy of

By Steve Lansdale

AUSTIN, Texas — When the coronavirus pandemic shut down college athletics across the country, the NCAA granted student-athletes competing in spring sports an extra year of eligibility.

But one of the best eligible University of Texas athletes has declined the extra season.

Men’s tennis standout Christian Sigsgaard announced this week that he will forego his extra year of eligibility in order to start his professional career.

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“This was not an easy decision, but I have decided to graduate this summer and not use my extra year of eligibility,” Sigsgaard said.

“You don't always get to pick your own perfect ending, and this is not how I envisioned finishing my college career, but looking back over my whole time at Texas, I've achieved way more than I ever thought I would, and for me, that is what's most important.”

Texas head coach Bruce Berque lauded Sigsgaard for his performance on and of the court.

“Although our entire team will miss Christian tremendously, I couldn’t be more excited for him as he enters the next chapter of his tennis career,” Berque said. “Over his four years in Austin, Christian has played at the top of our lineup, and established himself as one of the best players in the country in both singles and doubles. As our No. 1 singles and doubles player in 2019, he was a huge part of our program’s first NCAA Team Championship.

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“Most importantly, though, Christian was first-class in every way, and could not have been a better ambassador for our program and for the University of Texas. He set a great example for our younger players, and I enjoyed watching him grow into his leadership role towards the end of his career. He is ready for professional tennis, and I know he will continue to improve and raise his game to meet that next level. I will always be one of his biggest fans.”

Sigsgaard leaves UT tied for seventh in program history in career singles victories with 105. He fished his Texas career with career marks of 105-41 (.719) in singles and 78-33 (.703) in doubles, including dual match records of 53-28 (.654) in singles — all but two of his career dual singles matches were played at either the No. 1 or No. 2 spot in the lineup — and 51-21 (.708) in doubles. In the Longhorns’ national championship season in 2019, he played the entire season at the No. 1 singles spot and claimed UT’s first point in the title match by beating No. 11 Borna Gojo of Wake Forest.

Sigsgaard earned ITA All-America honors in singles and doubles in 2019 and again in singles in 2020. He finished among the top 10 in ITA’s final rankings for both singles and doubles twice, at No. 6 in singles in 2019 and 2020 and in doubles in 2019, and No. 9 in doubles in 2020.

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Sigsgaard dominated the Big 12’s individual honors in 2019. The conference’s 2019 Co-Player of the Year and No. 1 singles co-champion, he earned first-team all-conference honors in 2018 and 2019. He earned second-team All-Big 12 recognition in 2017, when he also was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year.

Sigsgaard has represented his home country of Denmark in Davis Cup play and has won multiple national singles, doubles and mixed doubles championships in Denmark. He will complete his bachelor's degree in philosophy this summer.

“First of all, I want to thank my teammates for all the battles throughout the years,” Sigsgaard said. “I'm sure they will all accomplish great things in the future and the relationships I have with them will carry on for the rest of our lives. I want to thank Coach Berque for being so supportive and for setting such a high standard for his players, and I want to thank all of the coaches during my time at UT. Lastly, I want to thank the staff, who always work extremely hard away from the spotlight in order to make us shine in it. Thank you Texas for the best four years of my life.”

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