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December 05, 2021

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Gallatin Native Heading to Olympic Games in Tokyo

Tennys Sandgren is one of the most accomplished athletes in Tennessee men's tennis history — and now he can add the Olympics to his lengthy list of achievements.

The United States Tennis Association announced its selection of stars to represent the U.S. in the Tokyo Olympics, and Sandgren was among the 12 — six men and six women — to make the cut.

Sandgren, who is from Gallatin, signed with the Vols in 2010 and spent two seasons with the program before turning pro. He was named to the ITA All-American and All-SEC teams as a sophomore after posting a 30-3 record and reaching the national semifinals in singles play. 

Sandgren, 29, will compete in singles and will partner with fellow first-time Olympian Austin Krajicek in doubles play. He also has the potential to participate in the mixed doubles event, though the USTA has yet to announce those pairings. Sandgren is No. 68 in the AT World Rankings. His career high is No. 41. 

The summer Olympics begin July 23.

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing and Entertainment Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 18-month-old Ezra.