Jan. 13, 2006

Tennessee men's tennis player Davey Sandgren learned Wednesday that he was one of four winners of the Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award.

"This is a great honor for Davey and his family," men's head coach Chris Mahony said. "It exemplifies what kind of guy he is and we are proud to have him in our program."

Sandgren, who is entering his freshman year as a Volunteer, brings an impressive resume to The Hill. The Gallatin, Tenn., native won the Boys' 18 Southern Designated In Mobile, Ala., in 2005. During 2005, Sandgren was ranked as high as No. 2 in the Southern Boy's 18 singles rankings and No. 32 in the National Boy's singles rankings. During his juniors career, he was awarded nine sectional and national sportsmanship awards.

"Davey Sandgren is the ultimate authority on good sportsmanship," USTA Southern Section President Jeff Gray said. "He is a pleasure to be around, and his behavior and attitude on court never waivers. I can't think of a more deserving recipient."

The Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Awards are presented each year by the Board of Directors of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Four recipients are selected from nominations received from the 17 USTA sections. The award goes to a junior player who best exemplifies the finest qualities of sportsmanship in tournament play and the finest traditions of the great sportspersons of tennis past and present.

"It is a great honor to receive this award," Sandgren said. "Growing up I was taught that tennis is a gentleman's game, and over the years I've tried to play with honor and respect for both the sport and my opponents."

Sandgren has a personal philosophy he tries to abide by when on the court.

"Making fair calls, complimenting my opponents on their good performance and generally being friendly and civilized works with most guys. Once we establish a good atmosphere of chivalry, getting egos, distrust and emotions out of the way, we can get on with the real reason we stepped out on the court in the first place -- to play the game...the game we love so much."

Sandgren and the three other winners will be presented with their sportsmanship award in July during induction ceremonies at the Newport International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.





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