Gabriel Diallo ends his run in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament


CHAMPAIGN, Ill.–Kentucky’s by Gabriel Diallo The NCAA singles tournament run came to an end Thursday afternoon, as he fell in the Elite Eight to Tennessee No. 3 Adam Walton in a three-set thriller by a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) result at the Kahn Outdoor Tennis Complex.

Diallo ends his year with the most singles wins on the team, going a staggering 38-8 and 21-4 in doubles. He started the tag team season at position three, going 10-1, then moved to court two, where he finished with an 11-3 record.

Diallo’s junior season was his most accomplished to date, capped by his best result in the singles tournament of his career. He was named to both the All-Southeastern Conference First Team and All-SEC Tournament Team in addition to appearing on every Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles rankings. He was in the top 25 every week, even peaking at No. 4, and earned the deciding point against No. 1 TCU to send the UK to its first Final Four in program history.

During his 10 days at the Atkins Tennis Center, Diallo played in three doubles matches and four tournament matches, finishing with a 5-2 record in singles.

Diallo and Walton split their first four games in the opening set to tie, two games in all. Diallo managed to take a two-game lead, down 40-30, but forcing two points to take a 4-2 lead. As Walton made a small comeback, down just 5-4 to another two point, the Kentucky standout forced him to opposite ends of the court, winning the first set, 6-4.

While trailing 2-0, Diallo played three consecutive games in the second set to claim a small advantage. Walton did the same afterwards, however, to stay ahead, leading five games to three. Tennessee’s No. 1 pick then capped the set while leading 40 loves and tied the game.

The third set was just as much of a battle. With Diallo up 5-4, Walton managed to push it to six games throughout consistent play, but fell behind Diallo 3-1 in the tiebreaker. From there, the Tennessee grad pitched six straight, winning the match and advancing to the semifinals.

Walton, the tournament’s third seed, will face top seed Ben Shelton of Florida for a spot in the championship tomorrow afternoon.

2022 NCAA Singles Championship Results

Singles Path. 64:

Eduardo Nava (WF) defeated. Number 4 Liam Draxl (UK) 4-6, 2-1 (retired)
Gabriel Diallo (UK) def. No. 5 Adrian Boitan (BAY) 6-3, 6-2

Singles Path. 32
Gabriel Diallo (UK) def. Chris Rodesch (UVA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

Singles Path. 16
Gabriel Diallo (UK) def. No. 9-16 Matej Vocel (OSU) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5

Single Elite Eight

#3 Adam Walton (TENN) def. Gabriel Diallo (UK) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)

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