Ohio State freshman and Northport native Cannon Kingsley was named the ITA National Rookie of the Year, the final accolade on what was an outstanding first season competing for the Buckeyes.
Kingsley, the first Ohio State player to earn rookie of the year honors, received the award during a special virtual awards ceremony earlier this week.
"My first season at Ohio State was so much fun, and was an experience that was much different than all the other levels of tennis I’ve played in my life. For once, I’m not only playing for myself but my teammates and the name on my chest. I think this feeling of playing for something bigger then myself gave me a feeling that I would do whatever it takes to get a win, no matter what," said Kingsley. "You don’t get the leniency to slack off at any moment and this really helped me become successful and have such a dominant season.
My coaching staff and captains were also a big part of my success this year, teaching me to become a tougher and a more mentally strong person on and off the court. Overall, this year is a great stepping stone to show everyone what I’m able to do on the tennis court, and hopefully I can build on it for next season."
The former Suffolk County singles champion put together a fantastic freshman campaign in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to being named National Rookie of the Year, Kingsley was named an All-American in singles, won Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was a unanimous selection to the first team All-Big Ten.