Sophomores shine in SEC honors

May 3, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vikram Chari and Cameron Klinger of the Vanderbilt men’s tennis team earned Southeastern Conference accolades, as announced by the league office Wednesday morning.

One of the four individual SEC honorees, Chari is now the second student-athlete in the program to ever achieve the title of SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year. Charlie Jones was men’s tennis’ first-ever Scholar Athlete, earning the recognition in 2012.

Boasting a 3.9 GPA while majoring in Economics and minor in Financial Economics, Chari has paced Vanderbilt men’s tennis with the highest GPA in back-to-back seasons. Last summer, Chari traveled to London utilizing his Maymester opportunity to attend the London School of Economics.

Throughout his time on the UK, the sophomore collaborated with five peers from around the world to analyze and present on cost structures in the new economy. The Saratoga, Calif. native’s other academic honors include Vanderbilt Arts and Science College Dean’s List, 2015-16 ITA Scholar Athlete Award, SEC Honor Roll and the Vice Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete award.



Cameron Klinger earned his second consecutive spot on the SEC’s second team. Prior to sustaining a season-ending injury in March, Klinger earned a career-high singles ranking of No. 29 in the nation. A 2016 doubles All-American with Rhys Johnson, the sophomore worked his way into the ITA top-25 for the second year, coming in at No. 14 alongside senior Pen Binet.

In singles, Klinger boasted an 11-2 dual match record, going 5-0 against ranked opponents throughout the spring. The San Jose, Calif. native looks to begin his junior season with a 43-15 career record. In tandems, Klinger and Binet finished the season 6-2 (2-0) on court one. The Duo remains in Oracle/ITA rankings at No. 21.

Both rising juniors should return to West End in 2018, when the Commodores will look to make noise in the SEC.

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