MALIBU, Calif. - - Junior Hendrik Inno of Someru, Estonia competed in his and Belmont's first ever Oracle ITA Masters this weekend at Pepperdine University, representing Belmont in one of the most prestigious tournaments in collegiate tennis.
He was invited to this tournament after receiving the OVC Player of the Year award after the 2018 spring season, as the tournament only allows a handful of the best players in the country.
On Thursday in the mid-afternoon, Inno faced off against USC's Laurens Verboven, a senior from Overpelt, Belgium. Though Inno gave it his all on Thursday, he was not able to defeat one of the PAC 12's greatest competitors and lost in two sets (6-2, 6-3).
The player that Inno faced that day was on a role the entire tournament and ended up coming out as the victor of the entire 32 man draw, winning the Oracle ITA Masters. Verboven ended up facing off against Nicolas Moreno de Alboran of UC Santa Barbara and one in a three set thriller after conceding the first set (6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-3).
Though he got a tough first draw against the player who won the entire tournament, him being able to compete in Malibu will be a moment that Hendrik Inno and Belmont tennis will cherish for a long time.
Belmont's next set of matches will be this weekend, as they will head to Murfreesboro to compete in the MTSU Short/LaLance Shootout from Friday, September 28, to Sunday, September 30.