Two Kentucky Men’s Tennis Players Ranked to Start Fall Season

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky tennis players William Bushamuka and Ryo Matsumura will both begin the fall season ranked, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in the initial release of the Oracle ITA Division I Men’s Tennis Rankings.

Bushamuka, the No. 1 singles player for the Wildcats in Kentucky’s 2016 return to the NCAA Tournament will start the season ranked No. 16 nationally, and the top-ranked Wildcat. The IMG Academy graduate is the third-highest ranked player in the Southeastern Conference, only trailing Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) and Arkansas’ Michael Redlicki.

Sophomore Ryo Matsumura will start off the fall season ranked in the No. 28 slot, his highest-career ranking in the Oracle ITA Rankings. Matsumura finished the season ranked No. 35 in the rankings and capped off the 2016 spring season with an 18-5 overall record and a 7-3 record in SEC play.

Bushamuka, who was the highest-ranked Wildcat at the end of 2016 in the spring at No. 31, went 14-8 last season overall, including an 11-5 record on the No. 1 court for UK. He was the only player for UK to play the No. 1 court in SEC matches this season, going 5-6 in league play.

Bushamuka will also start the fall season ranked in doubles play, as he joins Beck Pennington, coming off a medical redshirt season, as they will slot in at No. 31 in doubles to start the year.

Kentucky kicks off its fall season the weekend of Sept. 22-24 as the squad will split, with half traveling south to the Cajuan Classic in Lafayette, La., and the other half traveling to the UVa Ranked 1+1 Ranked Invitational in Charlottesville, Va.

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