NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: Gators beat Baylor to make program history

ORLANDO – The wait is over.

The Gators’ men’s tennis team won the program’s first national title on Saturday night, beating Baylor 4-1 at the NCAA Championship on the USTA National Campus. The fourth time was the charm of Florida, who on three previous trips to the Final Four, lost in the national semifinals.

However, after sweeping Texas on Friday to advance to Saturday’s championship, the No.1 seeded Gators (25-2) refused to lose, despite losing the doubles point against the Bears (34-5), second seed, Saturday night. The game began around 10 p.m. ET after a four-hour women’s championship in which Texas defeated Pepperdine.

When the first year Ben shelton capped Florida’s victory with a decisive victory over Charlie Broom at No.5 in singles, it was about 10 minutes past midnight.

Shelton’s father, Gators head coach Bryan shelton, the Gators didn’t mind keeping him late. Shelton became the first head coach in varsity tennis history to win a Women’s National Title (2007 at Georgia Tech) and a Men’s National Championship.

“Trying to make me cry. Yeah, that’s special,” Shelton said of her son’s victory during his post-game field interview. “I have 10 guys there. Ten guys who went out every day and worked. I’m really proud of you and what you did.”

The Gators have had singles wins of Ben shelton, Andy Andrade, Sam riffice and Josh goodger to resume storming after the Bears gained momentum early on.

Shelton needed some time to collect his thoughts afterwards. In his ninth season in charge of the program, the Gators stood at the top, a place they had never been since the program began in 1940.

“Quite speechless tonight. Normally I have a lot of words,” Shelton said. To see these guys here and see what they’ve been through over the last year, a year and a half … and get together tonight and compete and put it on the line, it’s really special. “


1. Sven Lah / Constantin Frantzen (BU) beat. Duarte Vale/Johannes Ingildsen (UF) 6-2
2. Sam riffice/Ben shelton (UF) def. Matias Soto / Nick Stachowiak (BU) 6-0
3. Finn Bass / Charlie Broom (BU) beat. Will grant/Brian Berdusco (UF) 6-1

SIMPLE RESULTS: 3, 2, 6, 5

1. Duarte Vale (UF) v Adrian Boitan (BU) 5-7, 3-4 *unfinished*
2. Sam riffice (UF) def. Matias Soto (BU) 7-5, 6-3
3. Andy Andrade (UF) def. Sven Lah (BU) 7-6 (8-6), 6-0
4. Blaise Bicknell (UF) v Nick Stachowiak (BU) 3-6, 6-4, 1-1 *unfinished*
5. Ben shelton (UF) def. Charlie Broom (BU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
6. Josh goodger (UF) def. Spencer Furman (BU) 6-3, 7-5


A look at the University of Florida teams to win national championships:

Men’s tennis 2021 NCAA Championships
Men’s indoor athletics 2019 NCAA Championships
Men’s indoor athletics 2018 NCAA Championships
Baseball 2017 NCAA Championships
Outdoor athletics for men 2017 NCAA Championships
Women’s tennis 2017 NCAA Championships
Outdoor athletics for men 2016 NCAA Championships
Soft ball 2015 NCAA Championships
Female gymnastics 2015 NCAA Championships
Soft ball 2014 NCAA Championships
Female gymnastics 2014 NCAA Championships
Outdoor athletics for men 2013 NCAA Championships
Female gymnastics 2013 NCAA Championships
Outdoor athletics for men 2012 NCAA Championships
Women’s tennis 2012 NCAA Championships
Men’s indoor athletics 2012 NCAA Championships
Women’s tennis 2011 NCAA Championships
Men’s indoor athletics 2011 NCAA Championships
Female swimming 2010 NCAA Championships
Men’s indoor athletics 2010 NCAA Championships
Soccer 2008 BCS / Associated Press
Men’s basketball 2007 NCAA Championships
Soccer 2006 BCS / Associated Press
Men’s basketball 2006 NCAA Championships
Women’s tennis 2003 NCAA Championships
Golf men 2001 NCAA Championships
Football 1998 NCAA Championships
Women’s tennis 1998 NCAA Championships
Soccer 1996 Associated press / coaches’
Women’s tennis 1996 NCAA Championships
Golf men 1993 NCAA Championships
Women’s tennis 1992 NCAA Championships
Indoor track for women 1992 NCAA Championships
Women’s golf 1986 NCAA Championships
Women’s golf 1985 NCAA Championships
Men’s swimming 1984 NCAA Championships
Men’s swimming 1983 NCAA Championships
Female swimming 1982 NCAA Championships
Gymnastic 1982 AIAW Nationals
Female swimming 1979 AIAW Nationals
Golf men 1973 NCAA Championships
Golf men 1968 NCAA Championships


  • Florida is one of two programs to win at least one national team title in every fully contested season since 2008-09. This is Florida’s 21st national title in this period. Florida’s 21 titles since are third (Stanford: 33; Southern Cal 23)
  • Men’s tennis is the sixth Gator program to win its first NCAA tag team title in the past 12 seasons (baseball, gymnastics, softball, men’s tennis, men’s indoor track, men’s outdoor track)
  • This is the 42nd national title of the Gator program
  • Men’s tennis is the 15th Gator sport to win a national title. It’s the fourth-largest range of sports titles in the country for a program (and the highest east of Mississippi). Top 14 Southeast Florida Conference Programs (Georgia is second with national titles in 10 NCAA sanctioned sports)
  • Bryan shelton is the 24th NCAA all-sport coach to lead two different programs toward a national team title. Of those 24, Shelton is the fifth to coach a national championship team in a men’s AND women’s sport.
  • Bryan shelton is the 24th NCAA all-sport coach to lead two different programs toward a national team title. Of those 24, Shelton is the fifth to coach a national championship team in a men’s AND women’s sport.
  • This is Florida’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament Finals, winning their first Final Four game in school history on Friday (Final Four 1-3)
  • Bryan shelton is the fifth coach to win an NCAA title in a men’s and women’s sport at two different schools
  • Florida’s 25 wins are the lowest Bryan shelton (25 in 2019) and is tied for second in school history (25 in 1975, 2003, 2019). The most is 28 in 2000 under Ian Duvenhage
  • Blaise Bicknell, whose No.4 singles match went unfinished, became the fourth player in school history to go undefeated in two games (min. of 20 games played)
    • Jim Oescher (27-0, 1975), Armistead Neely (24-0, 1968) and Kevin Cook (20-0, 1976) are the other three
    • Bicknell is also 30-0 in his double-match career (7-0 last season)
  • Bryan shelton has 397 career wins at Georgia Tech (W) and Florida (M). He has 170 wins in Florida
  • This is Florida’s eighth top-10 ranking program this season:
Gator teams in the Top 10 (season ended)
Men’s tennis n ° 1
N ° 3 Swimming and diving men
Gymnastics n ° 4
Men’s Indoor Athletics # 4
Stock # T-5
Volleyball ball n ° T-5
Women’s indoor athletics n ° 6
Football n ° 7

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