by Zahid Khan
Just like the weather in Waco, Texas that afternoon, things got gloomy for UVA’s Ryan Shane, after dropping the first set 3-6 and was down championship point, Shane rallied and mounted a sensational comeback. Shane saved the second set and took the match into the third and final set. Once Shane found his rhythm Shane took down Wake Forest’s Noah Rubin 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1.
It wasn’t long ago where Shane was holding up a trophy. The 3rd seeded UVA team cruised through the beginning rounds of the NCAA tournament winning each match 4-0 before taking down the 2nd seeded Baylor Bears 4-2 in the semi-finals. The Cavaliers went in as the underdog going against the #1 seed the Oklahoma Sooners. Shane and Luca Corinteli secured the quick win at #1 doubles before Annandale native Mitchell Frank wrapped up the match giving UVA its second National Championship in the past 3 years.
Shane was highly recruited prospect, earning a Blue-Chip rating and was nationally ranked as the 8th best player in the Class of 2012 and the best player in Virginia according to tennisrecruiting.net. During his career at Stuart, Shane went undefeated and was a three time district champion.
The 2012 Stuart graduate earned the 8th seed in the NCAA Men’s Singles Tournament, after three straight days of tennis Shane found himself in the Final going against the seventh seed Rubin, a familiar opponent, Rubin a freshman phenom, currently ranks 844 in the ATP world tour. With the win, Shane became the 2nd UVA player to win the singles tournament and is only the 14th player to ever win the singles tournament as well as the team title.
Shane who is currently ranked 1,049 in ATP singles, could earn a wild-card entry to the U.S Open in August and potentially play against stars such as Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal. The U.S Open, held in New York, is the fourth and final Grand Slam event of the tennis year and is considered one of the most prestigious tournaments in tennis.