May 24, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – The Badger duo of Billy Bertha and Fredrik Ask was forced to withdraw from the 2012 NCAA Men’s Tennis Doubles Championship after Bertha suffered a wrist injury during practice Wednesday night.
Bertha and Ask were set to face Drew Courtney and Jarmere Jenkins of the University of Virginia in the opening round of the championships. Courtney and Jenkins were a No. 5-8 seed in the tournament and ended the season ranked No. 5 in the country.
It was a disappointing end to the season for Bertha and Ask, the No. 30-ranked doubles team in the country. The two started the season on a six-match win streak earning victories over No. 57 Clemson’s Yannick Maden and Zachary Rigsby, and No. 2 Georgia Tech’s Juan Spir and Kevin King.
The Badger pair had 11-6 record and a 4-3 mark in Big Ten play. The biggest conference win came against No. 15 Evan King and Shaun Bernstein of Michigan, 8-5.
By withdrawing from the championships, the season has ended for the Badgers. It was an up-and-down season for a Wisconsin team that featured only two upperclassmen and will return its entire roster in 2012-13.
UW finished the season 12-12 (.500), marking the fifth time in the last six seasons Wisconsin finished with at least a .500 record. The Badgers were playing their best tennis as the season closed, winning four of their last six matches including two wins over ranked opponents.